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A HISTORY OF 

. Putnam mUmartal 

baptist (Eljurrl) 

Shelby, North Carolina 

'. . . Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 

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A HISTORY OF 
PUTNAM MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH 

OCTOBER 16, 1949 - MARCH 4, 1973 



Compiled by: 

Mrs. Betty Patterson Ale In tyre 



Printed by 

GAFFNEY PRINTING CO. 

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PREFACE 






Gathering information about Putnam Memorial Church for the 
Cings Mountain Baptist Association to use in its history created a 
ense of need and a desire for this church history. Information has 
leen gathered from church records, deacon's minutes, W.M.U. records, 
hurch members and former pastors providing biographical informa- 
ion concerning themselves. 

The list of records found in this history are based upon infor- 
lation gathered from the associational minutes of the Kings Moun- 
tain Baptist Association. 

There is a good possibility that mistakes and errors do occur 
nd that you will recognize them. Please remember that a great 
eal of the history is oral tradition. We ask your forgiveness and 
eg your indulgence for these mistakes and errors trusting that 
ie majority of the material might be correct. 

We wish to express our sincere gratitude to the many people 
itio have assisted in making this history possible. We are deeply 
idebted to the church clerks, treasurers and building fund trea- 
irers who have kept the records these twenty-three years. 

We desire especially to thank Mr. and Mrs. Howard Strickland 
id Mrs. Lawrence Roberts who have provided needed information 
lat has been of tremendous importance to the writing of this 
istory. 

Also, we wish to thank all the officers of the church who have 
ovided information for us. Special thanks go to all the young 
dies who helped so faithfully with the typing. 

We would like to dedicate this history to all members and 
iends of Putnam Memorial Baptist Church, who have labored 
ng and well through these years, as they gave of their time, 
eir talents and their tithe to the Lord Jesus Christ through this, 
is Church. 

HISTORICAL COMMITTEE: 

Mrs. Gus Mclntyre 

Chairman 

Mrs. J. R. Webber 
Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 

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CHAPTER 1 
A TENT BEGINNING 



In the 1930's, just about twelve farm houses made up a community 
around the crossing of the County Home Road and Highway 226 
South. This community began to grow and by 1948, it had devel- 
oped into a nice size community with many families living in it. 
jThere were also two service stations, grocery stores and a furniture 
j;tore located here. 

The members of these families went to various churches in and 
Wound Shelby and Cleveland County. Some were Baptist, some Meth- 
JDdist and some were Presbyterian. 

In the spring of 1948, the Kings Mountain Baptist Association 
legan to notice the growth of the community and realized this 
o be a good potential for a church. So the Associational Mission 
banning Committee of the Kings Mountain Association, under the 
eadership of associational missionary, Rev. Lewis E. Ludlum, con- 
ducted a census of the community. The census was so favorable that 
he committee planned to hold a tent revival in the community. 



On June 1, 1940, Mr. J. R. Webber and Mr. Roscoe Patterson 
vere busy at their work in Webber's Service Station and Grocery 
i Store on the corner of the County Home Road and Highway 226 
| South crossroads. Looking out the plate glass window in the store, 
hey saw a group of men putting up a large tent in a grove of trees 
in the Roland Gantt property, sometimes referred to in those days 
is the Hackett Blanton place. 

When the men finished putting up the tent, they were hot and 
hirsty. So they walked across the road to the store to get something 
old to drink. 

One of the men was Kings Mountain Baptist Associational 
Missionary, Rev. Lewis Ludlum. Eagerly, he began to tell the men 
i Webber's Store of the Association's plans to hold a tent revival, 
oping to create enough interest to eventually organize a Baptist 
hurch in the community. 

A two-week tent revival meeting began on Sunday, June 5, 1949. 
he Reverend T. W. Fogleman delivered the messages each night, and 
lev. Harlan Harris led the music. Attendance was good, and there 
i/ere several professions of faith. 



The associations! workers tried especially hard to interest the 
people in organizing a Baptist church. Although the people were 
blessed by the revival services, no one showed any particular interest 
in organizing a church. They had their own churches outside the 
community and just had not thought about starting one in this com- 
munity. 

The last revival service came to a close, and most of the people 
had already gone home. The music director, Rev. Harlan Harris, 
was in his car preparing to leave. 

Several of the men were still standing around outside the tent 
talking. Mr. J.R. Webber, a Baptist, said to Mr. Claude Jones, Sr., 
a Presbyterian, "Could we hold a Vacation Bible School for the 
children and maybe try Sunday School for a month?" "I believe 
we can," was Mr. Jones' reply. Mr. Bob Brown, Mr. Leonard McSwain 
and Mr. Howard Strickland each thought it was a good idea. 
Rev. Lewis Ludlum, of course, was very pleased about this con- 
versation, and he quickly called Rev. Harris back to tell him the men 
were interested in holding a Vacation Bible School and beginning 
Sunday School on a trial basis. 

The Holy Spirit of God was at work among these men and, as 
they continued to talk, their interest grew. They really wanted to 
do something about starting a church in their community. In just 
a few minutes, they had pledged $55.00 among themselves to buy 
th piano that had been used in the tent meeting. (The piano is now 
being used in the Young People's Assembly Room in the Putnam 
Memorial Church). 

On June 22, 1949, a meeting was held by Rev. Lewis Ludlum and 
Rev. T.W. Fogleman to organize a Vacation Bible School. 

Vacation Bible School followed with an enrollment of 60 and 
and average attendance of 50. Miss Essie Mathesy and Rev. Lewi; 
Ludlum were in charge. Mrs. Howard Strickland was the only woman 
in the community who could work in the Vacation Bible School. Mrs. 
J.R. Webber made lemonade everyday and carried it to the tent for the 
children's refreshments along with Mrs. Milton Hawkins. 

Then, on July 7, a committee composed of Rev. Lewis Ludlum, 
Rev. T.W. Fogleman, Mr. Leonard McSwain, Mr. Claude Jones, Sr., 
Mrs. Pearl B. Cline, Mrs. Leola B. Cline, Mrs. V.B. Crawford and Mrs. 
J.R. Webber met to discuss having a Sunday School. 



On July 10, 1949, a Sunday School was organized with the 33 
people present becoming members. 

Also, on July 10, 1949, the piano was purchased for the $55.00 
that had previously been pledged by the group of men outside the tent 
on the last night of revival. 

Thereafter, on Sunday afternoons, this group of dedicated people 
met in the tent to study God's Word in Sunday School. They still 
went back to their home churches for worship services on Sunday 
mornings. 

In the following weeks, committees were elected as follows: 

, On July 12, a nominating committee composed of J.R. Webber, 
Leo;iard McSwain, Claude Jones, Sr., Howard Strickland and Milton 
Hawkins was appointed to elect the Sunday School officers and 
teachers. 

! On July 31, 1949, a committee composed of Rev. Lawrence 
Roberts, Claude Jones, Sr., Leonard McSwain and Mrs. Leola B. Cline 
was appointed to see about a plot of land (a Lot) for a church build- 
ing. 

Then, on August 28, 1949, two building committees were ap- 
pointed: (1) Mr. Claude Jones, Sr. and Rev. Lawrence Roberts to get 
\lumber for a building and (2) Rev. T.W. Fogleman and J.R. Webber 
vto see about the construction. 

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On September 4, 1949, Rev. Lawrence Roberts conducted the first 
worship service, still in the tent and still in the afternoon. 
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On September 18, a meeting was held to decide on a lot to build 
a church. The Roland Gantt property was voted on at a cost of 

b$1 200.00. 

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1 On September 22, 1949, this group of people came together at the 
home of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard McSwain to hold their first prayer 

^meeting. 

On October 2, a meeting was called and the people voted to or- 
ganize a church. A Committee composed of Mrs. Howard Strick- 
,land, Mrs. J.R. Webber and Mrs. Pearl B. Cline was elected to survey 

the community for the names of those who would be interested in 

joining the church. 



On October 9, 1949, a meeting was called to organize a church. 
However, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lane were the only ones present who 
had their letters with them, and willing as they were two members 
were not enough to organize a church so the organization was post- 
poned until the following Sunday, October 16. 

However, the people were busy on the Sunday night of October 
9. Those interested in joining this new church, in the making, went to 
the churches where they were members and called for their letters. 
Having their letters in their hands, they were ready for the meeting 
on October 16. 



The church was organized on October 16, 1949, when 14 people 
had their letters and 5 came by baptism, making a total present of 19. 
It was decided that for the next 6 months as members joined the 
church they would be counted as charter members. The church was 
named Putnam Memorial in memory of Rev. D.F. Putnam, who had 
been before his death, a missionary pastor with a divine call to start 
new churches. The five who came by baptism were later baptized 
at Bethel Church. 



On this same day, Mrs.J.R. Webber was elected church clerk. 
Also, Mrs. J.R. Webber, Mrs. Howard Strickland and Mr. Leonard 
McSwain were appointed messengers to the association meeting at 
Beaver Dam Baptist Church. On October 20, Mrs. J.R. Webber stood 
before the Kings Mountain Associational meeting at the Beaver Dam 
Baptist Church and requested that Putnam Memorial be accepted as a 
church in the Kings Mountain Baptist Association. The motion was 
made, seconded and it carried. Putnam Memorial Church was the 
last church to be accepted into the association as a church without be- 
ing a mission for at least one year first. The Kings Mountain Bap- 
tist Associational Constitution was revised this way at that very 
meeting: That a church must be a mission at least a year before it car 
be admitted into the Association as a church. 



Now that Putnam Memorial had become a church, a leader was 
needed. Having worked closely with these church members since the 
revival meeting in the tent, Rev. Lewis Ludlum, on Oct. 23, I949, was 
called as supply pastor until January of 1950. 



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These people had a zeal to establish a church in their community; 
and even the hurricane that passed through in the fall of 1949, and 
tore down the tent, could not put a daunt in their enthusiasm. 
They just put the tent back up and continued with their meetings. 

On October 30. 1949, Putnam Memorial Church held its first 
morning service, still meeting in the tent where the revival had been 
'held. Before this, services had been held in the afternoon and many 
of the members had been going to their home churches for morn- 
ing services and coming out to the tent meetings in the afternoon. 

Putnam Memorial Baptist Church ended the Associational year 
with $377.84 in the treasury. 

On November 3, 1949, the church voted to start a temporary 
church building and to raise enough money to pay off the lot by 
December 4. 

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On Sunday, November 6, 1949, Putnam Memorial voted to let 
the building committee go ahead with the building. 

There was one small obstacle to getting the temporary church 
building started. On the lot where the church would be built was 
a cotton patch, white unto harvest, belonging to Mr. Yates Ken- 
dricks. So Rev. Lewis Ludlum and 14 more willing workers got to- 
gether on November 7, 1949, on Monday afternoon, and picked the 
cotton. They were paid for picking the cotton, and they put this 
fccotton money on the lot fund. The building program began that 
nvery week. 

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2 On November 20, a petition was made to the General Board of 

the Kings Mountain Association to approve Putnam Memorial's ap- 
plication to the Baptist State Convention for assistance the next 
year on pastoral support in the amount of $40.00 per month. 



Also, a pulpit committee was elected on November 20, consis- 
ting of Mr. Howard Strickland, Mr.J.R. Webber (replaced by Mrs. J. 
R. Webber) and Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 



On that same day, Mrs. J.R. Webber, Mr. Howard Strickland and 
Vlr. Leonard McSwain were elected trustees for the lot. 



On November 28, 1949, a motion was made by Mr. Leonard 
McSwain to adopt a church budget, and it was seconded by Miss Mary 
Catherine Jones. 

Also, on November 28, I949, the church voted to call Rev. 
Lawrence Roberts as part-time pastor. He preached at Putnam Me- 
morial on Sunday morning and at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church the 
next Sunday, thus serving both churches as pastor. 

Along with Rev. Ludlum, Rev. Roberts had also been closely 
connected with the members of Putnam Memorial Church since the 
tent revival meeting in June of 1949. 



FIRST RECORDED BUDGET FOR PUTNAM 
BUDGET FOR 1950 

Week Year 

Pastor $20.00 $1040.00 

Fuel and Lights 1.25 65.00 
Literature, Rec. & 

Envelopes 1.50 78.00 

Christmas Treat .50 26.00 

Coop. Prog. 1.50 78.00 

Assoc. Missions .50 26.00 

Relief & Annunity 1.17 60.80 

Sexton 1.00 52.00 

Orphanage 1.00 52.00 

Miscellaneous 1.00 52.00 



Totals $29.42 $1529.80 

Applied for help to General Board for Pastor's salary for $40.00 a 
month and $480.00 a year. 

$1040.00 - Putnam Memorial applied to Pastor's salary 

480.00 - Applied by General Board 
$1520.00 - Pastor's Salary 

4% 

$ 60.80 - For relief & annunity 
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CHAPTER 2 
THE CHURCH IN A TEMPORARY BUILDING 

It was getting cold. Meeting in the tent was becoming uncomfor- 
table so the building committee got busy and the first church ser- 
vices in the new building were held on December 18, 1949, a week be- 
! fore Christmas. 

The church was just one large room with an elevated floor in 
the south end for the pulpit and the piano, and the rest was a dirt 
floor covered with sand. A pot bellied stove was used to furnish 
heat. 

This was a happy, dedicated group of members filled with the 
Spirit of Christmas who met for the first time in their new church 
to have fellowship with God and one another. 

That same day, Putnam Memorial organized a training union, and 
Mrs. J.R. Webber was elected director. Also, a motion was made to 
istart the pastor's salary at the first of the year, effective as of January 
19,1950. 

The church raised enough money to pay Mr. Roland Gantt 
$1200.00 for the church lot. Mrs. J.R. Webber wrote a check and 
gave it to Rev. Lawrence Roberts. Rev. Roberts, keeping an appoint- 
ment with him, met Mr. Roland Gantt at Webber's store and paid him 
for the lot. Mr. Gantt gave the price of the lot back to the church on 
Christmas Eve, 1949. 

On Christmas Day, December 25, I949, the Training Union of- 
ficers were elected. (Think of that! A business meeting on Christ- 
mas Day). 

On January 15, I950, the church voted to buy a portable build- 
ing consisting of four Sunday School rooms with floors to add to the 
temporary building on the north back side. 

Plans were being made to organize the Woman's Missionary 
Union in Putnam Memorial Church. The first step seemed to be to 
secure the literature. So on January 29, I950, the church in con- 
ference voted to buy literature for the Woman's Missionary Union. 
Sometime later, it was ordered. 

Also, on January 29, I950, Putnam Memorial Church voted to 
lold its first revival the following March. 



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On that same day, the church voted to pay $200.00 on the por- 
table building consisting of four Sunday School rooms with floors 
to add to the temporary building. The church had already voted to 
buy this building on January 15. The balance of the cost ($1000) 
would be borrowed from the Kings Mountain Association. 

The practice of the Kings Mountain Association was to go into a 
potential church field, set up a tent and hold a revival to help start 
a church. When the church was organized, the Association would then 
loan the church $1000.00 to go on a temporary or portable building. 
When the church could build a permanent building, she would then 
reimburse the Association for the $1000.00 loan. Putnam Memorial 
needed the $1000.00 loan and decided to accept the Association's help. 

On March 19, 1950, Putnam Memorial's first revival began. Pas- 
tor Lawrence Roberts brought the messages. There was a true reviving 
among the members, and there was an addition of 20 new members to 
the church roll. 

A fall revival was held September 10, 1950. Rev. E.F, Baker de- 
livered the messages. Four new members were received into the fel- 
lowship of the church through baptism. The services closed Sunday, 
September 17, I950. These four members, Gene Passmore, Robert Dea- 
ton, Roy Melton and Ruby Jenkins, were baptized in Joe Beam's Lake 
jy the pastor, Rev. Lawrence Roberts. 

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On September 24, 1950, new officers for October, 1950-Septem- 
ber, 1951 were elected and a new budget was adopted. 

The W.M.U. literature, bought by the church, finally came. 
So in October, 1950 the W.M.U. was organized in the home of Mrs. 
J.R. Webber. Mrs. Leola B. Cline and Mrs. Pearl B. Cline, members 
it Elizabeth Baptist Church, helped with organizing the Putnam Me- 
morial W.M.U. At this meeting, Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. was elected 
:he first W.M.U. President. 

When the Woman's Missionary Union was organized in October, 
1 950 at Mrs. J.R. Webber's home, the following women were present: 

/Irs. Leola B. Cline Mrs. Howard Strickland 

/Irs. Pearl B. Cline Mrs. Jack Lane 

/Irs. J.R. Webber Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. - elected President 

/Irs. Colon Hamrick Miss Mary Catherine Jones - elected Secretary 

/Irs. Edgar Passmore Mrs. Lawrence Roberts 

/Irs. V.B. Crawford Mrs. Fennel Patterson 



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Mrs. Leola B. Cline instructed the new officers in their duties and 
showed them how to carry out the programs. A hostess list was made 
out at this meeting and dues to the cooperative program were set at 
25 cents per member. At that time, W.M.U. members were encouraged 
to give to the cooperative program through the W.M.U. in addition 
to giving to it through the church. 

Putnam Memorial Church's first four deacons, Mr. Howard Strick- 
land, Mr. Claude A. Jones, Sr., Mr. Leonard McSwain and Mr. S.T. 
Putnam, were ordained on November 22, 1950. Those taking part 
in the service were Rev. Boyd Cannon and Deacon Dewey Jones from 
Elizabeth Church, Rev. Hugh Harrell from Sandy Plains Church, Rev. 
D.W. Digh and Deacon Allen from Bethel Church and Rev. Lawrence 
Roberts. (Three deacons had been appointed on November 20, 1949, 
however, these three had never been ordained.) 

St was not until December 31, 1950, that Putnam Memorial Church 
held its first deacon's meeting. At that time, Mr. Claude A. Jones, 
Sr. was elected the first Chairman of the Board of Deacons, and Mr. 
Howard Strickland was elected secretary. Those present were (ac- 
cording to the deacon's minutes) Pastor Lawrence Roberts, Claude 
A. Jones, Sr., S.T. Putnam, Leonard McSwain and Howard Strickland 

On January 28, 1951, the church voted to buy a communion set 
with money amounting to $48.00 that had been donated by Mrs. J.C. 
Bowling ($8.00), Mrs. Mildred Smart ($5.00), Paul Webb ($2.50), Max 
Francis ($8.00), Mrs. Lawrence Weathers ($.50) and Worth J. Bran- 
ton ($24.00). 



In February of 1951, the Training Union held a Sweetheart Ban- 
quet in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Howard Strickland. 

Mr. Wells Lowrey, a member at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church spoke 
to the young people in the church; then, everyone walked next door to 
Mr. & Mrs. Howard Strickland's home for the banquet. A delicious | 
meal of fried chicken, green beans, potato salad, rolls, tea and in- 
dividual cherry pies was enjoyed by everyone. 



This was the first banquet held in Putnam Memorial Church. Many 
have been held since that time. 



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i On March 25, 1951, a week's revival began. Rev. Lawrence Ro- 
berts delivered the sermons. The church received nine new members 
nto its fellowship: Mr. & Mrs. B.V. Mclntyre, Gus Mclntyre, Mr. & 
|\/lrs. Hoyt Hamrick, Mr. & Mrs. Alton Strickland, Michael Passmore 
und Mrs. Fred Lynn. 

Putnam Memorial Church did not have a baptistry at this time so 
in May 2, 1951, Gus Mclntyre, Mike Passmore and Mrs. B.V. Mclntyre 
,vere baptized at Calvary Baptist Church in Shelby. 

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CHAPTER 3 
NORTH END OF CHURCH BUILDING 

Putnam Memorial Church was growing and a permanent church 
milding was needed. 

On June 10, 1951, the church voted to have a well dug before 
tarting a new church building. 

Then, on August 25, 1951, Putnam Memorial Church held a 
round breaking for the new church building (now the North end of 
he Educational Building). Visitors to the service were Rev. Cannon, 
lev. Furr and Rev. Bray. 

On September 30, 1951, the church adopted a new budget for 
951 - 1952. New officers were also elected: 

Sunday School Supt. Howard Strickland 

Sunday School Sec. - Mrs. Colon Hamrick 

Choir Leader - Edgar Passmore 

Treas. & Clerk - Mrs. J. R. Webber 

T.U. Director - Hoyt Hamrick 

Pianist - Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 

On October 7, 1951, a building committee was elected for the year 
951-1952. The committee was composed of Colon Hamrick - chair- 
lan, J.R. Webber, Claude Jones, Sr. and Howard Strickland. 

Also, on October 7, Mrs. Lawrence Roberts was elected W.M.U. 
resident. 

On November 17, 1951, three new deacons were ordained: J.R. 
'ebber, Colon Hamrick and B.V. Mclntyre. Rev. Harlan Harris de- 
vered the message, followed by the traditional "laying on of hands" 
r hich symbolically establishes an ordained person to his new office. 

i It was in 1950, that our country became involved in the Korean 
Conflict. On January 22, 1952, Brother Roscoe Patterson left for ser- 
rce in the United States Army. Roscoe was the first young man to 
jave for the army from Putnam Memorial Church. On Sunday, be- 
5)re he left, the church presented Roscoe with a small brown zip- 
ered New Testament. 

On March 16, 1952, our beloved brother in Christ and deacon of 
Jtnam Memorial Church. Mr. S.T. Putnam, passed away. 



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NORTH END OF EDUCATIONAL BUILDING 




PUTNAM MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH 



1952 - 1957 



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On March 23, 1952, the church elected two new trustees, Mr. 
Claude Jones, Sr. and Mr. Colon Hamrick. One of these was to re- 
place Mr. Leonard McSwain who had moved his letter to another 
church. The other was to make four trustees. Along with Mr. Jones, 
Sr. and Mr. Hamrick, the other two trustees were Mr. J.R. Webber and 
Mr. Howard Strickland. 

Also, on March 23, 1952, the church voted to secure a loan to 
finance the completion of the new church building, and the build- 
ing got underway. The men of the church went down to Mr. Leonard 
McSwain's and made the cement blocks on his block molds in their 
spare time. Even the junior boys joined in and made blocks. 

Everyone gave as generously as they could and donated as much of 
their time as they could so that in three months, on June 29, 1952, 
the first service was held in the new church building (now North end 
of the Educational Building). There were 100 members present, and 
the offering was $150.00. 

Mr. Claude Jones, Sr. made the baptistry and donated it to the 
church. Mr. Grady Humphries drew a beautiful baptismal scene of a 
river with lovely trees along the banks and donated it to the church. 

During the first service in the new church, the first baptismal ser- 
vice was also held. The candidates were Joyce and Nancy Strick- 
land who were baptized by the pastor, Rev. Lawrence Roberts. 

On Sunday, July 13, 1952, a loan was granted the trustees for 
$3500.00 on the new building. Payments were to be $52.00 month- 
ly to be paid up in 6 years or less. 

Also, on this same Sunday, the church voted to buy a new piano. 
This piano had already been placed in the church on approval so that 
the members could hear it being played. 

The church also voted on July 13, to hold open house as soon as 
the building was completely finished on the inside as well as the out- 
side. 

Open house for the church was held August 25, 1952. Cookies and 
punch were served to 83 visitors from other churches who made a tour 
of the new building in addition to Putnam Memorial members who 
proudly toured their new church building. 



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The cost of the new building was approximately $14,000.00. 
Cash paid out was $9,500.00. The estimated amount of free labor and 
materials donated were $4,500.00. 

The first revival began in the new church August 25, 1952. Rev. 
T.W. Bray delivered the messages. He began the revival services by 
having the members line up on each side of the church, join hands 
forming a complete circle and sing "Bless Be The Tie That Binds." 
Then, Rev. Bray led in prayer. One member who was there that night, 
Mrs. J.R. Webber said, "you could just feel the presence of the Holy 
Spirit as you stood there with your head bowed holding hands. 
So close to God and so close to each other." During this revival, 
trfere were 8 additions to the church; five of these came by letter and 
three by baptism. The last revival service was held August 31. 

On September 7, 1952, the church voted to sell the portable Sun- 
day School rooms from the temporary church building to one of the 
members, Mr. Z.V. Cline, Jr., for S150.00. Mr. Cline used the building 
for a tenent house. The church also voted to sell the temporary church 
building to Mr. Harvey Spears for $500.00. This was a combined total 
of $650.00 which was paid on the new building. 

On January 4, 1953, Mr. Z.V. Cline, Jr. was ordained as a deacon. 
Those officating were Rev. Lawrence Roberts, Rev. Bray and the dea- 
cons of the church. 

On February 2, 1953, the debt on the piano was paid off. 

A revival meeting began at Putnam Memorial Church April 12, 
1953. Rev. W.D. Robertson from Patterson Springs Baptist Church 
delivered the messages. (Rev. & Mrs. Robertson are now serving as 
missionaries in Vietnam). There were many rededications and three 
new additions to the church; one by letter, Mr. Joe Bolin, and two by 
baptism, Mr. Wilbert Brown and Miss Shirley Glover. They were bap- 
tized on April 19, 1953. 

Rev. Lawrence Roberts accepted the call as full-time pastor of Put- 
nam Memorial Church in April of 1953. 

On September 13, 1953, the church elected the new officers and 
teachers for the Sunday School year beginning October, 1953-Sep- 
tember, 1954. On September 27, the messengers to the Association 
were appointed and on October 4, a new church budget was adopted. 



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On November 2, 1953, the church elected three new deacons. 
They were Mr. Garland Clary, Mr. Gus H. Mclntyre and Mr. H.K. Ro- 
berts. These three new deacons were ordained the next Sunday, No- 
vember 9, 1953, at the evening worship service. Those officiating 
were Associational Missionary, Rev. T.W. Bray, delivering the message, 
Rev. Roberts and the deacons of the church. 

At the September 1954, General W.M.S. meeting, the new W.M.U. 
officers were elected. Mrs. Fred Lynn was the W.M.U. President. The 
W.M.U. had a Sunbeam Band and a Royal Ambassador organization at 
that time, but no Girl's Auxiliary had been organized. A Girl's Auxil 
iary counselor had been elected in September of 1953 but for one rea- 
son or another, G.A.'s had never been organized. So the W.M.U. 
elected a new G.A. Counselor, Mrs. Gus Mclntyre, at this meeting. 

Mrs. Lawrence Roberts, the pastor's wife, contacted Mrs. Lansford 
Jolley, Kings Mountain Associational W.M.U. Young People's Leadei, 
to help organize a Girl's Auxiliary in Putnam Memorial Church. 

During the second week in October, Mrs. Lansford Jolley, Mis. 
Lawrence Roberts and the newly-elected G.A. Counselor, Mrs. Gus 
IVIclntyre, met at the church with five girls who were of G.A. age 
(9-15). These girls were as follows.: 

1. Rosalind Biggerstaff 

2. Betty Jane Cline 

3. Phyllis Hamrick 

4. Irene Hawkins 

5. Jane Ann Putnam 

Junior Girl's Auxiliary was then organized in Putnam Memorial 
Church, meeting every two weeks on Friday. The next meeting was 
leld Friday, October 29, 1954, at 3:00 p.m. at the church. 

Mrs. Lawrence Roberts would borrow the October and November 
'Tell" magazine from Mrs. Billy P. Pitman, after she got through with 
them, so that Putnam Memorial's G.A.'s could have their meetings until 
Mrs. Mclntyre received their first magazine in December, 1954. 

The title of the first program was very appropriate, "We've a Story 
:o Tell", since this was also the title of the G.A. Hymn. The G.A. 
Counselor, Mrs. Gus Mclntyre, presented a brief devotional centered a- 
ound the thought, "The most beautiful story ever told is that of Jesus' 
:oming to earth to save lost people." 



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Then, Dorothy Devine gave the part, "How G.A.'s Tell the Story." 
Rosalind Biggerstaff gave the part,"A Song That Conquers." Phyllis 
Hamrick gave the part," A Message to Give." Betty Jane Ciine gave 
the part, "A Saviour for the World." Vicki Devine gave the closing part 
"What Can You Do?" 

The Junior Girls Auxiliary of Putnam Memorial Church now had 
seven members and was a full-fledged organization. 

On Sunday, November 7, 1954, the church adopted the same bud- 
get as for the year October, 1953-September,1954 for $90.00 per week 
with one addition of $3.00 a week for a caretaker. 

This same Sunday, the church voted to stop having the business 
meetings on Sunday mornings and start having them on Wednesday 
night following the second Sunday of each month. 

On January 16, 1955, the church elected 3 new deacons, Mr. 
Claude Jones, Jr., Mr. C.B. Clary and Mr. Edgar E. Passmore. They 
were ordained on February 6, 1955, with Rev. Lawrence Roberts, 
bringing the message followed by the traditional "laying on of hands" 
by the deacons of the church and associational missionary, Rev. T.W. 
Bray. 

Rev. Lawrence Roberts rendered his resignation as pastor of Put- 
nam Memorial Church on February 16, 1955 to begin a new field of 
work at Peach Street Baptist Church. 

On June 8, 1955, the church voted unanimously to call Rev. Joe 
T. Whitworth to serve as pastor. 

On Wednesday, August 31, 1955, the church elected three com 
mittees: a Nominating Committee: Gus Mclntyre, Chairman, Howarc 
Strickland, Mrs. Colon Hamrick, James Webber and Mrs. Claude Jones 
Jr., a Building Committee: Colon Hamrick, Chairman, James Webbe 
and Gus Mclntyre; and a Finance Committee: Z.V. Cline, Jr., Chair 
man, Claude Jones, Sr., Edgar Passmore, Mrs. J.R. Webber and Mrs 
Delmar Anthony. 

Howard Clary was ordained as a deacon in the fall of 1955 in 
Putnam Memorial Church. 

In the fall of 1955, the church voted to sponsor a radio prograrr 
with Pastor Joe Whitworth preaching the messages and the church choi 
singing. Miss Irene Hawkins played the piano one week and Miss 
Phyllis Hamrick played it the next week while Mr. Edgar Passmore lei 
the singing. "Walking in Sunlight" was the theme song. 

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On September 23, 1956, the church in conference elected Colon 
Hamrick to serve again on the deacon board. By this time, the rotating 
system was being used where a deacon would serve for three years, be 
off a year and then be elected by the church to serve three more years. 

Also, at this time, Mr. Joe Bolin and Mr. Jack Lane were elected 
new deacons. 

On August 18, 1957, Gus Mclntyre, James Webber and Garland 
.Clary were elected to serve on the deacon board again. At this same 
time, Mr. B.V. Mclntyre and Mr. Claude Jones, Sr. were elected honor- 
ary deacons for life. 

The church also voted on August 18, 1957, to rent a night depositor 
^key, to have the ushers count the church's money on Sunday and put it 
in the bank on Sunday night. 

Also, on August 18, the church voted to buy office equipment, a 
typewriter and a mimeograph machine from the pastor (Rev. Joe Whit- 
>orth) for $135.00. 

Mr. Frank Greene was elected church custodian for 1957-1958. 
He served as custodian of Putnam Memorial Church until his death, 

October 1, 1968. 

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CHAPTER 4 
SOUTH END OF CHURCH BUILDING 



Putnam Memorial Church was still growing, and the present build- 
ing was no longer adequate. A larger auditorium was needed and more 
Sunday School rooms were needed. 

On August 25, 1957, the church held a ground breaking service for 
i new addition to be added to the south end of the Educational build- 
ng and to brick the entire building. 

In September of 1957, Elizabeth School donated 37 small plates, 
md the Elizabeth Home Demonstration Club donated 28 large plates 
ind 13 cups to the kitchen that would be in the new Educational 
iuilding. 

The church voted on December 8, 1957, to buy 250 folding chairs 
or the new Educational Building. 

On January 12, 1958, Putnam Memorial Church elected a commit- 
*e composed of Mrs. Fred Lynn and Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. to be re- 
aonsible for having flowers in the church every Sunday. 

By this time, Putnam Memorial Church was holding services in the 
ew Educational Building (south end of building.) 

Having led the church successfully through a building program, Rev. 
)e. T. Whitworth felt God was leading him into a new field of work, 
o, on Sunday, January 19, 1958, he rendered his resignation to be ef- 
ictive February 23, 1958. 

A Pulpit Committee was elected on Sunday, February 9, 1958. 
hose elected to serve on this committee were: Chairman Colon Ham- 
ck, Claude Jones, Jr., Gus Mclntyre, Garland Clary and Mrs. Z.V. 
line, Jr. 

Also, Mr. Bill Shytle was elected to serve as supply pastor on this 
lme Sunday, February 9. 

Open House was planned for the new Educational Building for Sun- 
3y, February 16, 1958. However, a deep snow came, and these plans 
ere never carried through. 

On March 9, 1958, the church voted to ordain William P. Shytle 
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On March 19, 1958, the church voted to pay Mr. Frank Greene, 
church custodian, $40.00 a month. 

On Sunday morning, March 23, 1958, the ordination advisory com- 
mittee of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association, having met on Wed- 
nesday, March 19, 1958 to question Brother William P. Shy tie, recom- 
mended him to the church for a formal ordination service. 

On this same Sunday morning, the church voted to present a Bible 
to all who are ordained for the ministry from our church. Of course, 
Brother Shytle, being the first ordained minister from the church would 
receive one. 

At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, March 23, 1958, Mr. William P. 
Shytle was ordained for the Baptist ministry in a very impressive ser- 
vice in Putnam Memorial Baptist Church. The program was as fol- 
lows: 



Devotional: I Timothy: 3 - Rev. T.W. Bray 

Hymn - "Breathe on Me" 

Prayer - Rev. J. R. Howe 

Sermon - "Charge to Candidate and Church" 
Rev. E.B. Hicks 

Presentation of Bible - Rev. T. W. Bray 

Ordination Prayer - Rev. PJ. S. Hardin 

The Laying on of Hands 

Hymn - "Wherever He Leads. I'll Go" 

Benediction - Rev. Bill Shytle 



Deacons from Putnam Memorial Church who were present were 
| Colon Hamrick, Claude Jones, Sr., Claude Jones, Jr., C.B. Clary, Edgar 
Passmore, Garland Clary, J.R. Webber, B.V. Mclntyre, Joe Bolin and 
Howard Clary. 

Rev. Coy Dellinger was present as well as many visiting deacons 
and friends. 

Putnam Memorial Church held a spring revival beginning March 24, 
1958. Rev. Coy Dellinger delivered the messages. 

Putnam Memorial Church in conference on April 13, 1958 voted 
to have a telephone installed in the church. 



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On August 17, 1958, Rev. William (Bill) P. Shytle recommended 
to the church that we license Brother Eugene Passmore to preach. 
The church happily voted to do this. 

Also, on August 17, the Pulpit Committee recommended Rev. 
Richard l\l. Spencer as pastor. The church voted to call Brother 
Spencer. 

On August 31, 1958, Rev. Bill Shytle preached his last sermon as 
supply pastor of Putnam Memorial Church. 

On September 7, 1958, Rev. Richard Spencer preached his first ser- 
mon as pastor of Putnam Memorial Church . 

On October 5, 1958, the new officers for the coming year were 
elected. 

At this same time, Mr. Claude Jones, Jr. and Mr. Edgar Passmore 
were elected to serve again on the deacon board, and Mr. Wilson Big- 
gerstaff was elected as a new deacon. 

On October 15, 1958, the church chartered a bus and went to the 
Billy Graham Crusade in Charlotte. 



On Sunday night, October 19, 1958, Mr. Wilson Biggerstaff was or- 
dained as a deacon in a very impressive service. 

During the week of March 8-15, 1959, cottage prayer meetings were 
held in the community in preparation for the revival that was held 
March 16-22. Rev. Hoyle Alexander conducted the services. 

On August 30, 1959, the church voted to have a homecoming for 
our tenth anniversary on October 11, 1959. 

On September 6, 1959, the church elected the officers for the 
coming year, adopted a new budget and elected Z.V. Cline, Jr. and 
Howard Strickland to serve again on the deacon board and elected 
Burin Peeler to serve as a new deacon. 

On Sunday, October 11, 1959, a homecoming was held celebra- 
ting the 10th anniversary of Putnam Memorial Baptist Church. 

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Rev. Richard Spencer, pastor, gave the history of the church which 
had been prepared by Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 

The message was delivered by Rev. Lawrence Roberts, first pastor 
of Putnam Memorial Church. 

The first deacons of the church were recognized. They were: 
Mr. Claude Jones, Sr., Mr. Leonard McSwain, and Mr Howard Strick- 
land. (Mr. S.T. Putnam, also one of the first deacons, is deceased). 

The charter members who were present were: 



1. 


Mr. Garland Clary 


2. 


Mr. Colon Hamrick 


3. 


Mr. Claude Jones, Sr. 


4. 


Mr. Claude Jones, Jr. 


5. 


Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 


6. 


Mr. Jack Lane 


7. 


Mrs. Jack Lane 


8. 


Mrs. Fennel Patterson 


9. 


Mrs. Faye (Patterson) Hudson 


10. 


Mr. Howard Strickland 


11. 


Mrs. Howard Strickland 


12. 


Marvin Strickland 


13. 


Mr. J.R.Webber 


14. 


Mrs. J.R.Webber 


15. 


Jimmy Webber 



Special music was rendered by Mrs. Helen Clary and Miss Mary 
Catherine Jones accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 

Special music was also rendered by Miss Rosalind Biggerstaff, Miss 
rene Hawkins, Miss Nancy Strickland, Miss Betty Jane Cline and Mrs. 
lichard Spencer accompanied on the piano by Miss Phyllis Hamrick. 

A special offering was taken to go on the building fund. 

The church was decorated with many beautiful floral arrangements 
onated by church members. 

Following the impressive service, a delicious picnic dinner was en 
nved hv all on the front lawn of the church. 



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TENTH HOME COMING PICNIC LUNCH 
October 11, 1959 




Left to right: Manning Honeycutt, B. V, Mclntyre, Z. V. Cline, Jr., Rev. Richarc 
l\l. Spencer, pastor. Colon Hamrick, Claude Jones, Jr., and Gus Mclntyre. 




Nancy Cline is at end of table. Mrs. J. R. Webber and left end of table facin 
the camera. 



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On November 8, 1959, the church voted to have a special offering 
jay for Rev. William P. Shytle on December 6, 1959, and a special 
iffering day for Eugene Passmore on January 10, 1960. 

On December 13, 1959, the church voted to have an outside light 
nstalled on the south end of the church building by Duke Power 
Company. 

Putnam Memorial Church voted on January 10, 1959, to tile the 
tathrooms, the kitchen, the Adult Leader's room and the halls. 

Revival services were held at Putnam Memorial Church on March 
I0-26, 1960. Rev. W.V. Tarlton brought the messages. There were 
everal rededications, and two came for baptism, Robert Seism and 
larrel Honeycutt. 

On Sunday night, April 3, 1960, Putnam Memorial Church held a 
ery impressive service, "The Observance of the Lord's Supper," by 
andlelight. 
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On April 10, 1960, the church voted to send a letter to South- 
astern Baptist Theological Seminary at Wake Forest, N.C. recommend- 
lg Rev. William P. Shytle for admission. 
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On April 3, 1960, Putnam Memorial Church gratefully accepted a 
it (100 x 200 feet) donated by Mr. & Mrs. Z.V. Cline, Jr. for a par- 
Dnage to be built on, at a later time. 

Beginning on Sunday night, April 24, 1960, during the Training 
nion hours, Rev. Richard Spencer met with the new converts since 
te beginning of the Associational year (October, 1959) for a series of 
udies to last seven weeks. The purpose of the study was to help the 
aw converts better understand and appreciate the significance of their 
ilvation experience. 

May 8-14, 1960, was G.A. Focus Week. On Wednesday night, May 

1, at 7:30 a very impressive presentation service was held at Putnam 

lemorial Church. The theme of the presentation service was "Jewels 

»pi His Kingdom." Mr. Claude Jones, Jr., Junior G.A. Counselor and 

Irs. Gus Mclntyre, Intermediate G.A. counselor, worked with the girls. 



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Those receiving awards were as follows: 

Maidens- Nancy Clary 

Vallery Devine 
Linda Hudson 
Rita Nanney 

Ladies-ln-Waiting - Wilma Brown 
Vicky Devine 

Princess - Peggy Hudson 



Focus Week activities came to a climax with a Mother-Daughter 
Banquet at the church. The theme of the banquet was "Friends A- 
round The World," This was also the theme for Focus Week. 

Beside the G.A.'s, their mothers and the counselors, other guests 
present were Rev. & Mrs. Richard Spencer, Rev. & Mrs. Bill Shytle, 
W.M.U. President, Mrs. Edgar Passmore, and Youth Director, Mrs. 
Joe Bolin. 

Sunday, May 29, 1960, was Building Fund day, being the fifth 
Sunday, and the total offering amounted to $1,382.06. 

Vacation Bible School was held June 6-11 with a total enrollment 
of 104. 

On Sunday, August 28, 1960, the church elected Joe Bolin, Jack 
Lane and Colon Hamrick to serve again on the rotating deacon board. 

Also, on August 28, the church voted to adopt a budget totaling 
weekly $153.79 and annually totaling $8,047.00. 



The pastor of Putnam Memorial Church, Rev. Richard IM. Spen- 
cer, delivered the messages in a revival at the church running August 
28-September 3. There were 4 additions to the church. 



The week of September 19-23 was preparation week in the church. 
All Sunday School Officers, all Training Union Officers, song leader 
and pianists were instructed in their duties for the new church year 
beginning October 1960-1961. 

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On October 9, I960, the church voted to have a dinner on the 
church grounds as soon as possible after the debt on the church had 
been liquidated, and note burning had been held. 

On Monday night, October 18, 1960, 54 members from Putnam 
Memorial Church attended the Shelby Training Union Group meeting 
at the Eastside Baptist Church and came home with the attendance 
banner. Mr. Claude Jones, Sr. was the director. 

On Building Fund Sunday, October 30, 1960, enough offering was 
taken to liquidate the church debt of $2,700.00. 

On Sunday morning, November 6, 1960, a special service of dedi- 
cation was held followed by a note burning. A beautiful flower ar- 
rangement was sent by Mrs. H.K. Roberts in memory of her husband, 
Mr. H. K. Roberts, who passed away on July 4th. Special music was 
rendered by Mrs. Richard Spencer, Miss Rosalind Biggerstaff, Miss 
Irene Hawkins, Miss Nancy Strickland and Miss Betty Jane Cline ac- 
companied by Phyllis Hamrick at the piano. The pastor, Rev. Richard 
N. Spencer, read the scripture and welcomed visitors. The Associ- 
ation Missionary, Rev. C. O. Greene, brought the message. The pastor 
and the congregation read a responsive reading for the service of dedica- 
tion that had been prepared by the pastor, Rev. Spencer. Deacons Joe 
Bolin, Buren Peeler, Edgar Passmore, Z.V. Cline, Jr., Claude Jones, 
Jr., Wilson Biggerstaff and Howard Strickland came to the front of the 
luditorium and the chairman of the board of deacons. Colon Hamrick, 
)urned the church's note. After a closing prayer, a picnic lunch was 
mjoyed outside the church building. 

On Sunday night, November 6, 1960, the congregation voted to be- 
jin a building fund by continuing to deposit with the Building and 
Loan Company the previous amount the church had been paying on the 
:hurch debt ($85.00). 

On November 13, 1960, the church voted to obtain Miss Tamera 
lornwell as Music Director of Putnam Memorial Church for a 30 day 
rial period. 



On December 11, 1960, the church elected the following building 
:ommittee to begin plans for a new building: Colon Hamrick, J.R. 
Webber, Gus Mclntyre, Z.V. Cline, Jr. and Wilson Biggerstaff. 

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On January 8, 1961, the church elected two new trustees, Z.V. 
line, Jr. and Joe Bolin, to serve with the following church elected 
ustees: Colon Hamrick, J.R. Webber and Claude Jones, Sr. 

On February 15, 1961, the church voted to take up a special of- 
iring on February 19 for Eugene Passmore and William P. Shytle 
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On March 19, 1961, Putnam Memorial Church voted to participate 
i a census to cover the entire district of Shelby as each church made a 
irvey of the field around it. The deacons would be responsible for 
taking a survey of the Putnam Memorial Church field. 

A revival was held at the church on March 26-April 1, 1961. 
he Rev. Norman Brown delivered the messages. There were eleven 
rofessions of faith, and one came into the church family by letter. 

On Sunday night, April 2, 1961, baptismal services were held at 
te church for the eleven new converts who made professions of faith 
uring the revival. 

On June 11, 1961, the church voted to buy ten new Baptist Hym- 
als for the choir. 

On September 3, 1961, the church re-elected J.R. Webber and Gus 
Iclntyre to the deacon board and also elected one new deacon, Mr. 
i.O. Pribble. 

On Sunday night, September 19, 1961, the Girl's Auxiliary of Put- 
jam Memorial Church held its first Coronation Service. The theme 
■as "Saved to Serve." Mrs. Richard Spencer sang "The Church's One 
oundation." Mrs. Gus Mclntyre, Intermediate Girl's Auxiliary Coun- 
ilor, presided. Mrs. William P. Shytle, Junior Girl's Auxiliary Coun- 
ilor, questioned the girls. Mrs. Joe Bolin, G.A. Director, presented a- 
rards and Mrs. Wayne Allen, W.M.U. President, gave the charges, 
laidens were Brenda Peeler and Becky Spencer. Ladies-ln-Waiting 
'ere Linda Clary, Vallery Devine, Tamara Lane and Linda Hudson, 
rincesses were Wilma Brown and Rita IManney. Peggy Hudson was 
rowned "Queen." Pianist was Irene Hawkins. Flower Girl was Tere- 
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eorge Biggerstaff and Steve Cline. Pastor Richard Spencer led in the 
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The Intermediate G.A. Counselor, Mrs. Gus Mclntyre, said that as 
far as she was concerned the beautiful decorations for the Coronation 
were a modern day miracle that came about this way. 



Everyone involved in any way with the Coronation met at the 
church on Sunday afternoon, September 10, at 2:00 p.m. to complete 
the details for the Coronation service and the decorations. The G.A.'s 
practiced their parts and the order in which they would march into 
the auditorium and received their charge. Then, they practiced taking 
their places to stand during the rest of the Coronation service. The 
G.A.'s then went home to get ready for the service that night. 



Other committees were busy with the decorations and after the 
Intermediate G.A. Counselor placed the large letters spelling out "Saved 
to Serve" on the wall behind the pulpit, she walked to the entrance of 
the auditorium to get a full view of the decorations. By this time, all 
the committees had finished their work. 



Having observed other Coronation services in other churches, the 
Counselor knew just how beautiful and inspirational the decorations 
could be. She realized that the W.M.S. women responsible for the de- 
corating were doing the best they could with what they had to work 
with. But she also realized that their work appeared very crude and 
home-made looking. The home-made candelabras were in bad need of 
a coat of paint, and no one had realized this in time. The flowers were 
inadequate and poorly arranged. The overall view seemed to have no 
theme in mind; everything seemed to have been done at random. 



As the G.A. Counselor paused and looked at all of this, she thought 
that it was just too late to try to do anything to improve the decora- 
tions. Pausing there in the entrance to the auditorium, she whispered 
this prayer: "Lord, I know they have done their very best, but it isn't 
good enough for the G.A.'s Coronation Service. Please help us!" 
Then she went home. 

Returning to the church in about an hour for the Coronation ser- 
vice, she opened the doors to the auditorium, and her eyes beheld a 
modern day miracle. God had heard and answered her prayer. 

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Gone were the crude, home-made looking decorations. In their 
place were some of the most beautiful and elegant decorations anyone 
could hope for. Three beautiful seven-tiered candelabras, with white 
candles in them, encircled with ivy, had been placed one in the center 
of the wall back of the pulpit and one on either side. Standing in the 
center front of the pulpit was an elegant tall bronze flower stand filled 
with lovely green ferns and beautiful white mums and gladioli. Over 
to the far left of the pulpit, there was a table with an attractive small 
arrangement of ferns and white mums. The G.A. emblems were 
placed on this table to be pinned on the deserving girls who had 
worked so hard on their forward steps. 

That Intermediate G.A. Counselor calls the lovely decorations for 
the first G.A. Coronation held at Putnam Memorial Church a modern 
day miracle. She never knew exactly how or when they happened. 
God arranged for someone's wedding that day in another church to be 
over just before the Coronation. He somehow made the right people 
aware of a need for their lovely flowers and candelabras. So that when 
she opened the doors to the auditorium, there they were; a direct an- 
swer to her prayers of an hour before. A miracle from God arranged 
by human hands. 

Following the Coronation service, a reception was held in the fel- 
lowship hall of the church. 

On Sunday night, September 17, 1961, Mr. A.O. Pribble, newly- 
elected deacon, was ordained. Pastor Richard Spencer questioned and 
gave the charge to the candidate, and Rev. William P. Shytle led in 
prayer followed by the traditional "laying on of hands" by the deacons. 

Revival services were held September 24-30 with the Rev. James 
Stamey bringing the messages assisted by the pastor, Rev. Richard 
Spencer. The juniors, primaries and beginners brought special music 
each night led by Miss Phyllis Hamrick. There were many rededica- 
tions. 

On November 12, 1961, the church in conference voted to buy a 
movie projector. 



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CHAPTER 5 
THE CHURCH BUILDING A PARSONAGE 



On January 14, 1962, the church voted to build a parsonage at a 
)st of $18,000.00 as soon as $5,000.00 was in the building fund, 
he church also voted to take up a building fund offering each fifth 
unday. 

The parsonage would be built on the lot (100 x 200 feet) that had 
een donated to the church by Mr. & Mrs. Z.V. Cline, Jr. on April 
, 1960. 

I 

i On March 11, 1962, a special offering of $535.00 was taken up for 

le building fund. 

i 

A revival was held the week of April 15-22 with the Rev. Don Cal- 
iban bringing the message. Attendance was good, and there were 
averal rededications. 

Vacation Bible School was held June 4-8 with an enrollment of 89. 
n average attendance of 84 and with an AA grading. 

On July 15, 1962, Rev. Richard Spencer resigned as pastor to re- 
ume his schooling. His resignation was to be effective August 19. 

I On July 22, 1962, a pulpit committee was elected by ballot. Colon 
lamrick, Gus Mclntyre, Mrs. J.R. Webber, Mrs. Z.V. Cline Jr. and A.O. 
ribble were elected to serve on this committee. 

i On August 12, 1962, the W.M.U. of Putnam Memorial Church spon- 
ored a tea for Rev. Richard Spencer and his family. About 90 people 
ailed. The church was decorated lovely with mixed flowers and a love- 
y table arrangement. Those who served on this committee were Mrs. 
.ynn, Mrs. Hamrick, Mrs. Webber and Mrs. Cline. 

On August 26, 1962, the church voted to call Dr. Donald D. Moore 
is interim pastor. 

On October 7, 1962, Mr. Claude Jones, Jr. and Mr. Edgar Passmore 
were re-elected to serve on the deacon board, and Mr. Willie Pruett was 
ilected as a new deacon. Mr. Pruett had already been ordained in 1954, 
it Flint Hill Baptist Church. 

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On October 21, 1962, students from the Christian Volunteer Band 
of Gardner-Webb College led in the morning worship service. The 
Sunday School adult classes were also taught by these students. 

The church in conference voted February 3, 1963, to ordain Mr. 
Eugene Passmore for the ministry. 

On February 10, 1963, an ordination service to the Baptist ministry 
was held for Eugene Passmore. The ordination sermon was delivered by 
Rev. Donald Moore, director of counseling at Gardner-Webb College, 
who was serving as interim pastor at Putnam Church. The ordination 
prayer was offered by the Rev. Lawrence Roberts. Following the ser- 
mon, all the ordained persons present participated in the traditional 
"laying on of hands." Then, the chairman of the board of deacons, 
Colon Hamrick, presented Eugene with a new Bible and a certificate 
of ordination. 

On March 17,1 963, the Rev. George W. Dowd brought the morning 
messages. On March 24, 1963, the church voted to call Rev. George 
Dowd as pastor. The church also voted at this time to rent a house 
for Pastor Dowd to live in until the parsonage could be built. (A 
house was later rented for Rev. Dowd on Second Street.) 

Also, on this same day, the church was brought up to date on the 
progress of the building program. The building committee was in the 
process of securing plans for a new parsonage. 

On Sunday, March 31, Youth Day was observed at Putnam Church. 
The young people in the church had charge of the opening assemblies 
in Sunday School and taught in several classes. Rev. Don Horn from 
Gardner-Webb College brought the message. The young people sang in 
the choir. 

On April 14, 1963, Easter Sunday morning, Rev. George W. Dowd 
preached his first sermon as pastor of Putnam Memorial Church. 

On May 19, 1963, the church adopted plans for a parsonage that 
had been presented by the building committee: Mr. Colon Hamrick, 
Mr. J.R. Webber and Mr. Z.V. Cline, Jr. 

Revival services were held May 19-25 with Rev. Donald Moore 
bringing the messages assisted by Rev. George W. Dowd. 

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On September 15, 1963, the church re-elected these two men to 
serve again on the deacon board: Mr. Buren Peeler and Mr. Howard 
Strickland, Mr. A.D. Holland was elected as a new deacon. 

Ordination services were held September 22 for Mr. A.D. Holland 
who was ordained a deacon. Pastor George W. Dowd delivered the 
message followed by the traditional "laying on of hands" by the dea- 
cons. 

i 

On November 10, 1963, the church voted to have a singing every 
time there was a fifth Sunday in a month. 

! 

The pastor, George W. Dowd, and his family moved from the house 
he church had rented for them on Second Street into the church's 
lew parsonage on December 12, 1963, even though there was still some 
inishing work to be done on it. 

On December 15, the church voted to authorize the trustees, Z.V. 
inline, Jr., Joe Bolin, Colon Hamrick and J. Ft. Webber, to borrow 
58,500,00 for the parsonage. A small amount of this would be used 
or paint and shingles for the church. 

On April 5, 1964, the church gratefully accepted a piano donated 
ty Mr. & Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. The church voted to have this piano 
eworked at a cost of $175.50 by Mr. Spangler. The church also voted 
o buy a piano for the young people's assembly and also to investigate 
he cost of having the piano in the youth department tuned. 

Revival services were held the week of April 12-19 at Putnam Me- 
morial Church with the Rev. B.L. Kincaid bringing the messages 
hrough Friday night. Rev. CO. Greene delivered the messages Satur- 
day night and Sunday morning. During the week, there were seven 
irofessions of faith and one was received by letter into the fellowship 
f the church. The new converts were baptized Sunday night, April 
9, 1964. 



On June 21, 1964, the young people had charge of the worship 
ervice. Robert Jones, Larry Simpson and Vallery Devine spoke during 
he worship service. Tamara Lane, Linda Hudson, Vallery Devine and 
lancy Clary delivered special music. Dennis Roberts was song lead- 
r. 



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On August 16, 1964, Mr. Garland Clary and Mr. Colon Hamrick 
were re-elected deacons and Mr. Bob Blanton was elected as a new 
deacon. On September 6, 1964, ordination services were held for Mr. 
Bob Blanton. Rev. William P. Shytle delivered a message that was a 
charge to the deacon. Rev. George W. Oowd delivered a message that 
was a charge to the church. The traditional "laying on of hands' 
followed the messages. 

Having completed the parsonage in the spring of 1964, on Septem- 
ber, the church voted to have open house. 

Revival services were held the week of October 11-18, 1964, withi 
Rev. Fred Crisp delivering the messages. 

On Thursday, October 22, 1964, the W.M.U. organized a new cir- 
cle for the young W.M.S. women at the church. There were 12 mem- 
bers present. (The new circle was later called "The Ellese Circle" in 
honor of Mrs. Richard Spencer and the old circle was called "The Leo-i 
la Cline Circle" in memory of Mrs. Leola B. Cline. Mrs. Gus Mclntyre 
was elected circle chairman of the Ellese Circle. 

On December 6, 1964, the church voted to rename "The Men's 
Bible Class" in Sunday School to "The Jones' Bible Class" as a me- 
morial To Mr. Claude A. Jones, Sr. Mr. Jones taught this class for man 
morial to Mr. Claude A. Jones, Sr. Mr. Jones taught this class for many 
years and was an honorary deacon of the church. He was also a chartes 
member, a trustee, and one of the first four deacons to be elected in the 
church. 

On March 14, 1965, the Rev. George W. Oowd resigned as pastor 
of Putnam Memorial Church to begin a new field of work at Willard 
Baptist Church in Willard, IM.C. 

On March 21, 1965, the church elected the following pulpit com- 1 
mittee: Mr. Colon Hamrick, Mr. A.O. Pribble, Mr. Buren Peeler, Mrs. 
J. R. Webber and Mrs. Joe Bolin. 

On April 4, 1965, Rev. E.S. Elliott was elected by the church to 
serve as interim pastor for a period of time not to exceed 5 months. 

On August 29, 1965, the church re-elected A.O. Pribble and Z.V. 
Cline, Jr. to serve on the deacon board again and elected a new deacon, 
Gene Webber. On September 26, 1 965, an ordination service was held 
for the new deacon, Gene Webber. 

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On October 10, 1965, the church voted to make a year's payment 
L the parsonage. This was in addition to the regular monthly pay- 
ments. 
i 

I Also, on October 10, 1965, the church voted for the W.M.U. to be 
i charge of selecting shrubbery for the parsonage. 

Also, on October 10, 1965, the church voted unanimously to call 
ev. Harold L. Threatt as pastor. 

On October 31, 1965, the W.M.U. recommended to the church 
rtiat the church hire Mr. J.C. Adams, of Adams' IMursery, to plant 
rubbery around the parsonage for the sum of $35.00. The church 
ited to do this. 

i On November 21, 1965, Mrs. J.R. Webber read a letter to the 
iiurch from Rev. Harold Threatt wherein he accepted the call as pas- 
r of Putnam Memorial Church, planning to assume his duties in Janu- 
y of 1966. However, due to the delayed arrival of their second child, 
was not until February 13, 1966, that Rev. Threatt preached his 
st sermon as pastor of Putnam Memorial Church. 

1 
On January 2, 1966, the church voted to pay $2,000.00 on our par- 

jrnage note and to raise the balance of $4,484.02 by January 23, 1966. 

is On February 6, 1966, the church voted to pay off the remaining 
bt on the parsonage of $3,431.44. 

On February 20, 1966, a reception was held from 2:00 until 
00 p.m. in the parsonage for our new pastor and his family. 

On March 12, 1966, the church in conference voted to recommend 
innie Nanney for admission to the Southeastern Baptist Seminary. 

Also, on March 12, 1966, immediately following the worship ser- 
e, a note burning ceremony for the church parsonage was held on the 
int lawn of the parsonage. 

On March 17, 1966, the church voted to purchase a mimeograph 
Chine for $306.00 and a typewriter for $125.00 for the church of- 
1. The church also voted at this time to take a special offering for 

next two Sundays to help pay for this equipment. 

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On April 6, 1966, the church voted to sponsor a Junior and Senior 
Fellowship for the first time for the young people in the church. Mr. 
and Mrs. Gene Webber were elected to serve as Senior Fellowship spon- 
sors. 

A few months later, Mr. & Mrs. Gary Johnson were elected to 
serve as Junior Fellowship sponsors. 

On May 11, 1966, the church voted to buy a new refrigerator for 
the pastorium. 



46 



CHAPTER 6 
A NEW SANCTUARY 



t t[ On May 29, 1966, the church voted to set aside the first Sunday in 
ch month as Building Fund Day with the offering going into a Build- 
g Fund Treasury. On June 8, 1966, Mrs. Colon Hamrick was elected 
jilding Fund Treasurer. 

The church held its first two weeks Vacation Bible School the first 
/o full weeks of June in 1966. Rev. Harold L. Threatt was the prin- 
pal, and attendance was good with an enrollment of 123 pupils. 

On July 27, 1966, six Girl's Auxiliary members, Mary Peeler, Sylvia 
Hen, Donna Hudson, Janie Allen, Patricia Passmore, Debby Mclntyre, 
id their counselor, Mrs. Gus Mclntyre, met at the church to attend 
tuth Mountain Baptist Camp for the first time. The pastor, Rev. 
srold Threatt, and the W.M.U. president, Mrs. J.R. Webber, drove 
em up there. "A Message to Proclaim" was the theme for the 1966 
mp. 

Putnam Memorial G.A.'s shared a cabin with a group of girls from 
ittimore Baptist Church. It was a wonderful four days of fun, fellow- 
lip, study and worship on top of the mountain where the G.A. girls 
It so close to God and one another. 

It began to rain on Friday night and by Saturday morning, it was 
juring down. The G.A.'s and their counselor packed their bags and 
rried them inside the assembly building where they waited for the 
rs to arrive to take them home. Soon most of the other campers had 
ft, and Putnam Memorial G.A.'s thought they had been forgotten, 
nally, the counselor's husband, Mr. Gus Mclntyre, arrived. Six girls, 
eir counselor, seven suitcases, seven cosmetic cases, seven pillows, sev- 
i blankets and Mr. Mclntyre all piled into one small car and, some- 
iw, made it home. 



This was a group of tired and very sleepy G.A. girls who had en- 

; /ed the time of their lives at camp and were already making plans to 

back next year. However, they were determined to have a little bet- 

r transportation arrangements next time. They went back to South 

ountain Camp every summer for the next five years. 

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Having set aside the first Sunday in each month as Building Fundi 
Sunday, the church, on August 10, 1966, discussed beginning special 
promotions for Building Fund Sunday, At this time, the church vo- 
ted that $500.00 be transferred from the general offering fund to the 
building fund and that the entire building fund offering be deposited 
into a savings account to draw interest. 

On September 25, 1966, the church elected three deacons to serve 
again on the rotating deacon board. They were Jack Lane, Gus Mc- 
Intyre and J. Ft. Webber. 



\ 



On Sunday morning, December 18, 1966, the church held a White 
Christmas Service. Everything in the pulpit was covered in white in 
eluding the floor. Just in front of the pulpit was a table covered in 
white with a beautiful white floral arrangement of poinsettias on it 
To the far right of the auditorium stood a large Christmas tree sprayed 
white and trimmed with all white decorations, in front of the au- 
ditorium, three large white boxes were placed. Church members, who 
were present, put gifts wrapped in white in these white boxes. One 
box would be taken to the patients at Broughton Hospital. Another 
box would be taken to the children at Western Carolina Hospital. The 
third box was for the children in the Baptist orphanage. This was one 1 
of the most beautiful, impressive and most inspirational services ever 
held in Putnam Memorial Church. 



On Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 1966, along with Sunday 
School and the worship service on Christmas morning, the church ob- 
served a deeply moving candlelight communion service at 7:00 p.m. 
Sunday night. 



On June 7, 1967, the church voted to have a church directory j 
made as planned by Hudson Church Directory Company in Greenville, 
South Carolina. 



A two weeks Vacation Bible School was held again this year from 
June 5 through June 16, 1967 with an enrollment of 125 pupils. On 
Friday night, June 16, a picnic supper was enjoyed on the front lawnL 
of the church by V.B.S. pupils, their parents and friends. Commence- 
ment exercises were held inside the church after the picnic. A spe- 
cial offering of $21.87 given by the V.B.S. pupils was sent to the Glen 
Cunningham Youth Ranch in Augusta, Kansas. 

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On August 6, 1967, the building committee brought before the 
lurch a recommendation that plans be made to begin an auditorium 
I contemporary or modern construction to seat 350 people and to 
st approximately $50,000.00. Also, that when $25,000.00 had been 
ised, the church would borrow an additional $25,000.00 from the 
Gilding and Loan and begin construction. Mr. Edgar Passmore made 
e motion, and it was seconded by Mr. Roscoe Patterson. The church 
proved this one hundred percent. 
ii 

The building committee consists of Colon Hamrick, Gus Mclntyre 

R.Webber, Maynard Ledford andBuren Peeler. 

j On September 10, 1967, the church re-elected three deacons. 
iey were Claude Jones, Jr., Buren Peeler and Edgar Passmore. The 
ficers and teachers of the church for the new associational year, 
:tober, 1967-September, 1968, were also elected at this time. 

On Sunday night, September 17, 1967, the Girl's Auxiliary of 
jitnam Memorial Church held its second G.A. Coronation. The theme 
,:is "For God So Loved". 

I! 

H Judy Howard was crowned queen and her attendants were Bonnie 
ward, flower girl and Michael Ledford, crown bearer. 

' Others receiving awards were princess, Dawn Mode; ladies-in-wai- 
g, Janice Bolin, Debby Mclntyre and Mary Peeler; maidens, Janie 
en, Sylvia Allen, Jenene Braswell, Kathy Howard, Donna Hudson, 
tricia Passmore, Connie Patterson, Wanda Patterson and Gwen Strick- 
d. Ushers were Jerry Jones, Keith Lane, Lynn Webber and Wanda 
bber. Candlelighters were Terry Mclntyre and Gary Patterson. 

Music was presented by Mrs. Henry Braswell playing the piano and 
»s Tamara Lane singing "The Love of God" and "The Light of the 
irld." 

Mrs. Gus Mclntyre, Girl's Auxiliary counselor, presided and ques- 
ned the G.A.'s on their forward steps work. Mrs. J.R. Webber, 

M.U. president, presented the awards and gave charges. 

i 

1 On September 10, 1967 during the regular church conference 
eting, a building fund promotion committee was elected by the 
jrch. This committee was composed of Mrs. Z.V. Cline, Mrs. Gene 
bber, Mr. Roscoe Patterson, Mr. Colon Hamrick and Mr. Maynard 

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The first building fund promotion committee meeting was held 
iunday November 5, at 2:00 p.m. At this time, the committee e- 
ected Mr. Roscoe Patterson, chairman, and Mrs. Z.V. Cline, Jr., sec- 
etary. 



'he committee made the following plans: 

1. To purchase special building fund envelopes for the 
church members to use during this building pro- 
gram. 

2. To have a special Thanksgiving drive for the build- 
ing fund offering on Nov. 26. 

3. To send a letter to each member of the church ex- 
plaining to them about this special drive and to in- 
clude a building fund offering envelope in each 
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serve in the class as a chairman to promote among 
the members this special Thanksgiving drive and to 
promote the building fund offering for as long as 
the church is in this building program. 



On November 8, 1967, the above plans from the building fund pro- 
otion committee were adopted by the church. 

On September 22, 1968, the church elected Colon Hamrick and A. 

I. Holland to serve again on the deacon board and Roscoe Patterson 
'as elected to serve as a new deacon. 

On November 3, 1968, Mr. Roscoe Patterson was ordained as a dea- 
on. The pastor, Rev. Harold Threatt, delivered the message followed 
y the traditional "laying on of hands." 

On December 1 5, 1 968, the church voted to pay 1 cents per merri- 
er for two years to help defray the expenses of writing an association- 
I history which would include a section on Putnam Memorial Church. 

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A "Crusade of the Americas" reviva! was held at the church April 
6-13, 1969. This was a revival in which the Baptist churches in the 
United States joined with Baptist churches in South America and Ca- 
nada to hold revivals at the same time with special prayer emphasis on 
the American continent and world conditions. The pastor, Rev. Ha- 
rold Threatt, delivered the messages. Ronnie Wsnegard, who serves as 
Minister of Music in Greenville, S.C., led the singing and Mitchell Hum- 
phries, the son of the pastor at Ronnie's church, played the piano. 

On May 13, 1969, the church gratefully accepted an organ donated 
by Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Allen of Charlotte, l\I.C. 

On May 25, 1969, the church voted to let the building committee 
secure the services of a professional architect to help guide the church 
in determining what is best for the church in this building program, 
and that the extent of the services of the architect be left to the dis- 
cretion of the building committee. 

On July 13, 1969, the church voted that the second Sunday night 
of each month be set aside for "Sing Night," especially using the talent 
of Putnam Memorial Church in solos, duets, trios, quartets or choir. 

On August 3, 1969, the church elected a historical committee to 
compile the history of Putnam Memorial Church to be used in the his- 
tory of the Kings Mountain Baptist Associational History. Those on 
the committee were Mrs. Gus Mclntyre, Mrs. J.R. Webber and Mrs. 
Claude Jones, Jr. Mrs. Gus Mclntyre later assumed the responsibilities 
of chairman. 

On September 14, 1969, the church elected Gene Webber to serve 
on the deacon board again and Wayne Bryson and Maynard Ledford 
were elected new deacons. The two new deacons were ordained on 
September 28, 1969 with Rev. Harold Threatt bringing the message 
followed by the traditional "laying on of hands." 

The W.M.U. of Putnam Memorial Church received the distin- 
quished award for the year October, 1968- September, 1969. 

Mrs. Gus Mclntyre was the W.M.U. director and Mrs. Claude Jones 
Jr. was the W.M.S. president. There were only about five churches in 
the Kings Mountain Association to receive this award. This was the 
first year under the new W.M.U. work, and this award represented the 
diligent work of the W.M.S. women in Putnam Memorial Church. 

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"0 Worship The King" was the theme for a beautiful and impres- 
sive Girl's Auxiliary Coronation Service held Sunday night, December 
14, 1969, during the worship service at Putnam Memorial Church. 

The G.A. colors, green, white and gold, were used as the color 
scheme. A Nativity scene and holiday decorations made the theme, 
"0 Worship The King " an inspirational Christmas Coronation. 

The service was held to recognize and award the G.A. emblem to 
girls advancing in their forward steps work. 

Dawn Mode was crowned queen and her attendants were Ter- 
race Nanney, flower girl and Joy Wilson, crown bearer. 

Others receiving awards were: Princesses, Janie Allen and Jenene 
Braswell; ladies-in-waiting, Connie Patterson and Gwen Strickland; 
maidens, Beverly Ledbetter, Kathy Patterson, Donna Wright, Kim 
Strickland and Lynn Webber. 

Candle lighters were Donna Hudson and Wanda Patterson. San- 
dy Ledbetter and Marcia Whisnant served as ushers. 

Mrs. Gus Mclntyre, G.A. director and Intermediate G.A. leader, 
presided and questioned the G.A.'s. Mrs. Wayne Allen, Junior G.A. 
leader, presented the emblems and gave charges. Mrs. Maynard Led- 
ford, assistant G.A. leader, read the scripture: Luke 2: 1-20. 

Christmas carols were presented by Miss Janice Bolin and Mrs. Gary 
Johnson, pianists, with Miss Tamara Lane as vocalist. 



Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. was the W.M.U. director, and the reviewing 
council members were Mrs. J.R. Webber, chairman, Mrs. Joe Bolin and 
Mrs. Fred Lynn. 

Following the Coronation service, a reception was held in the social 
hall of the church with Mrs. Jack Lane, W.M.U. hostess, in charge. 

This was the third Coronation service held in Putnam Memorial 
Church. In the other two, Sunbeam boys served as crown bearers to 
the queen and R.A. boys served as ushers and candle lighters. How- 
ever, the G.A. leaders and the G.A. girls decided to use the G.A. girls 

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ho were not being recognized for their forward steps work as flower 
rl, crown bearer, candle lighters and ushers. In this way, every G.A. 
as used in, what turned out to be, the last G.A. Coronation service 
>ld at Putnam Memorial Church. 

On April 19, 1970, the church voted to call Mrs. Stephan Morrisett 
Boiling Springs as part-time Minister of Music on a six months trial 
isis for $50.00 per month. 

On August 9, 1970, the church approved the architect's final draw- 
gs for the new church sanctuary. 

On October 11, 1970, the church elected Colon Hamrick and J.R. 
ebber to construct the new building with Colon Hamrick serving as 
airman and J.R. Webber to assist in any way possible. At this time, 
SO, Maynard Ledford was elected building fund treasurer. 

Also, on October 11, 1970, J.R. Webber and Gus Mclntyre were 
jcted by the church to serve on the deacon board again and Jerry 
nith was elected as a new deacon in our church. However, Jerry was 
dained as a deacon in New Buffalo Baptist Church on September 15, 
63, with Rev. C.C. Crow bringing the message. 

On October 18, 1970, a ground breaking ceremony for the new 
ictuary was held on the front lawn of the church where the sanc- 
ary would be built. 

Mrs. Stephen Morrisett resigned as Minister of Music in Putnam 
smorial Church on November 8, 1970. 

A wonderful revival was held at Putnam Memorial Church on l\lo- 
I mber 16-22, 1970, with Rev. Richard Spencer bringing the messages. 

On January 10, 1971, the church elected a committee composed of 
s. Jack Lane, Mrs. J.R. Webber, Mrs. Colon Hamrick and Mrs. Harold 
' reatt to buy new draperies for the parsonage. 

On May 9, 1971, the church voted to extend a call to Dr. Phil Per- 

h, music professor at Gardner-Webb College, for Minister of Music at 

1 tnam Memorial Church. Dr. Perrin accepted this call and on May 23, 

. and Mrs. Phil Perrin joined Putnam Memorial Church. He could re- 

lin in this position as Minister of Music for six months. Then, he must 

;ign. This is one of the rules that he must abide by at the college. 

On September 19, 1971, the church voted to transfer $500.00 
1 m the general fund treasury into the building fund. 



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BULLETIN 

PUTNAM MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH 

SHELBY, NORTH CAROLINA 

HAROLD L. THREATT, Pastor 

October 18, 1970 21st Anniversary 

GROUND - BREAKING CEREMONY FOR NEW SANCTUARY 

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Everyone in Unisoi 

"We are assembled to dedicate and break this ground for a new housi 
for the worship of Almighty God, the God of our Fathers. Let us ne 
doubt that He will favorably approve our godly purpose, and let us in 
voke His blessing on this our undertaking. We will build here a hous 
of worship in which to glorify God and serve mankind." 

HYMN OF DEDICATION "All Hail The Power' 

"All hail the power of Jesus' name! Let angels prostrate fall; 
Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him Lord of all; 
Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him Lord of all !" 



"Ye chosen seed of Israel's race, Ye ransomed from the fall, 

Hail Him who saves you by His grace. And crown Him Lord of all; 

Hail Him who saves you by His grace, And crown Him Lord of all !' 

"Let every kindred, every tribe, On this terrestrial ball, 

To Him all majesty ascribe, And crown Him Lord of all; 

To Him all majesty ascribe. And crown Him Lord of all !" 

"0 that with yonder sacred throng We at His feet may fall ! 
We'll join the everlasting song, And crown Him Lord of all; 
We'll join the everlasting song, And crown Him Lord of all !" 

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ESPOIMSIVE READING OF DEDICATION Pastor and People 

iSTOR: We break the earth upon this spot, to build a 

Structure made of wood and steel and stone; 
That we may bring to birth in hearts of men 
A temple to the living God above, 
Whose inner spirit is the Seart of love. 

OPLE: With hands of helpfulness and hearts of praise 
We break the earth and dedicate this spot, 
Holding the faith our Christian forebears held, 
With zealous spirits seeking mankind's good, 
Telling of Jesus who died upon the rood. 

STOR: We break this earth and dedicate this spot 

That one more unit of Christ's church may rise 
To foster worship and the love of God, 
To serve the present age and mankind's needs, 
And liberate the soul from human greeds. 

OPLE: We break this earth to break the self-restraints 
That hold men back from giving each his best. 
We share this act and share Christ's purposes, 
Who died that men might truly come to be 
By faith God's sons, and live eternally. 

STOR: We break this earth - with faith in the high goals 
Of God's great Kingdom, meant for all mankind, 
With trust in God's great power to bring to pass 
What from afar with great desire we see - 
Strong bonds that bind in true community. 

1: So in Christ's name we break this crust of earth, 

That men may come to know God's way for them, 
That in a world still fraught with strife and woe 
Men may still work for brotherhood and peace, 
And, by God's way, from sin may find release. 

E BREAKING OF THE GROUND 

EDOXOLOGY 

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On September 19, 1971, Edgar Passmore and Buren Peeler were e- 
ted to serve again on the three year rotating deacon board, and Keith 
ithony was elected as a new deacon. Keith was ordained on October 
L 1971. Rev. Harold Threatt delivered the message followed by the 
ditional "laying on of hands." 

On February 20, 1972, Dr. Phil Perrin left Putnam Memorial 
urch as Minister of Music as his six months with the church had been 
at the first of the year. 

On April 16, 1972, the pastor, Rev. Harold Threatt, resigned, ask- 
that the church accept his resignation to become effective at the 
se of the evening service on May 28, 1972, to accept the call to 
tach at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Conover, North Carolina. Re- 
tfully, the church voted to accept his resignation. 

On April 30, 1972, the church elected the following pulpit commit- 
: Mr. Colon Hamrick, Mr. Maynard Ledford, Mr. Edgar Passmore, 
s. J.R. Webber and Mrs. Jack Lane with two alternates, Mrs. D.P. 
lith, Jr. and Mr. Jerry Smith. 

I The pulpit committee met with Dr. Frank Malone May 24, 1972, 
a Wednesday night. Dr. Malone agreed to fill the pulpit until the 
jrch could call an interim pastor. He preached his first sermon on 
dnesday night, June 7. 

On June 11, 1972, the church voted to pay Rev. Harold Threatt 
e week's vacation pay ($100.00) as he had not taken a vacation be- 
e he resigned from our church on April 16, 1972, and the church 
nted to do this for him out of appreciation for his years of dedicated 
vice in the Putnam Memorial Church field. 

| The pulpit committee called Dr. Van Murrell, Chairman of the De- 
rtment of Religious Studies, at Gardner-Webb College, to serve as 

erim pastor on June 11. He preached his first sermon at Putnam 

morial Church on August 6, 1972. 

On September 11, 1972, the church, for the first time, elected a 
retary, Mrs. David Mellon, for $35.00 per week. 

Also, on September 11, 1972, Mr. Claude Jones, Jr., Mr. Colon 
mrick and Mr. A.D. Holland were again elected to serve on the rota- 
g deacon board. 

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On September 24, 1972, the church elected the new officers ant 
teachers for the year October, 1972- September, 1973. 

On October 8, 1972, upon the recommendation of the buildini 
committee, the church voted to have the parsonage painted inside ant 
outside for an estimated cost of $600.00. 

On November 19, 1972, upon the recommendation of the buildini 
fund promotion committee, the church voted to conduct a drive ti 
help defray the cost of the new auditorium with donations in the fol 
lowing amounts: 

Pews - $200.00 each 
Lights $150.00 each 
Windows - $75.00 each 
Carpet - in $25.00 or more donations until 
the carpet is paid for. 

Those donating these amounts will have their names placed on 
plaque to be placed in the new Sanctuary vestibule. 

Also, on November 19, 1972, the church voted to buy a new piani 
and a new organ for the new Sanctuary at an estimated cost of betweei 
$6,000.00 and $8,000.00. 

On December 10, 1972, the building committee secured the pei 
mission of the church to borrow the needed funds to complete tr 
building of the new Sanctuary. 

On December 31, 1972, the church voted to have parking lots, side 
walks and driveway around the church paved at a cost of approximately 
$9,500.00. This would increase the amount to be borrowed by tr 
church to around $30,000.00 to $35,000.00. 

On January 7, 1973, the church voted to buy 25 choir robes t 
match the color decor in the new Sanctuary. 

On January 14, 1973, the congregation voted to buy 200 ne 
Baptist Hymnals. 

On Feb. 11, 1973, the church voted to give the old organ th 
had been donated to the church by Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Allen of Chs 
lotte, IM.C. to Enon Baptist Church near Kings Creek, S.C. where Mr 

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Roy Wilson, who is a sister to Mrs. Buren Peeler, is a member. Putnam 
Memorial Church will not need this organ anymore since a new one 
has been purchased for the new Sanctuary. 

The deacons reported they had decided to change their meetings 
from the last Monday night in each month to the first Monday night 
after the first Sunday in each month. 

Also, during this church conference, the church voted to have 150 
paperback books printed of the church history. 

At this time, the building committee reported that they had bor- 
rowed $35,000.00 from the First National Bank at 6 1 / 2 % interest for ten i 
years with the monthly payments being $397.42. 



On Sunday, Feb. 25, 1973, the congregation voted to have the 
Community Easter Sunrise Service at Putnam Memorial Church. 

Then, on Wednesday, Feb. 28, the members voted to have Open 
House from 2 until 4 p.m. after the Dedication Service and picnic lunch 
on Sunday, March 4, 1973. 

The Dedication Service for the new Sanctuary was held Sunday; 
March 4, 1973. The details of this Service can be found on the fol- 
lowing pages. 

The 25 green choir robes accented in yellow and white did not ar- 
rive in time for the Dedication Service, but came the very next day 
on Monday, March 5. 

The week before Sunday, March 4, 1973, was a very busy week for 
the members of Putnam Memorial Baptist Church. Many of them were 
at the church, in the educational building, every minute they ceulr 
possibly be, washing windows and blackboards, scrubbing floors, put 
ting up new or cleaned curtains, placing flower arrangements on tables, 
putting down carpet on the steps and painting the nursery. Also, ta 
bles were placed in the old auditorium in the south end of the educa 
tional building. All of this was in preparation for the Dedication Ser- 
vice to be held on March 4, for the picnic lunch to be held in the old 
auditorium after the Dedication Service and for open house that would 
follow the picnic from 2 until 4 p.m. 

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Some of the men of the church were busy putting up the light fix- 
ires in the new Sanctuary and doing other last minute preparations 
tting ready for the Dedication Service. Lovely green ferns were 
iced in the new Sanctuary by the hostess committee. Mr. & Mrs. 
i?k Lane placed the beautiful floral arrangements in the new Sanc- 
iiry and in its vestibule in memory of all the deceased members of 
tnam Memorial Church. 

I There were those who were also busy in their homes; one preparing 
lletins for the Dedication Service and another compiling the oral 
;tory. Others were sending out invitations to former pastors, interim 
stors, members who had moved away, those who have had a special 
:erest in the church over the years and those who helped make com- 
ition of the new Sanctuary possible. 

The pianist, Mrs. David Mellon, and the organist, Mrs. D.P. Smith, 
s, were busy getting acquainted with the new piano and the new or- 
i while the choir practiced, "The King Is Coming" for the Dedication 
rvice until it was as near perfection as it is possible for human beings 
! make anything. 
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Then, of course, the women of the church were busy on the week- 
id preparing some of the most delicious food ever spread out on ta- 
ts anywhere for the picnic lunch. One of the visitors, Mrs. Marvin 
rner, said, "I never saw as many pretty desserts on one table before 
my life." 

The important thing about all this activity was that "the people 

i a mind to work." (IMehemiah 4: 6b). They were busy, with 

iles on their faces, doing their work with hearts filled with love for 

d, for His building they were preparing for dedication to Him and 

one another. 

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tjs As Sunday, March 4, drew near, it just seemed that the congrega- 
n could not stay away from the church and on Sunday, the Dedica- 
n Service was everything the congregation had anticipated and much 
ire. Truly, the hand of God was moving in the Service and many 
irs of joy were shed by the members who had worked so hard for so 
ug to be able to worship in this beautiful new Sanctuary. 

I Mr. Colon Hamrick, in his welcoming comments, made reference 
the smiles on the faces of the members of Putnam Memorial Church 
i said it was due in part to the fact that "many of them had been 



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members of this church most of their lives and had never had a pei 
to sit down in and worship, except one that had been given to them b 
another church or a hard metal chair." Truly, everyone had been a 
smiles for over a week and when Mr. Hamrick said this, the smiles grei 
bigger, and many wiped tears from their eyes. 

Then, Mrs. Tamara Valentine sang "Fill My Cup, Lord; I Lift It Up 
Lord." This was so appropriate as God had truly filled the cups of th 
members of Putnam Memorial Church in guiding them in the buildin 
of this new Sanctuary, and they had gathered together to lift it bac 
up to Him through the Dedication Service. 

Rev. E. Eugene Passmore, Jr., a young minister ordained by Putnan 
Memorial Church, chose some very appropriate Scripture passages as h 
read from Psalm 84 and I Kings, the 8th Chapter. Then, Rev. Lew 
E. Ludlum, who started out with the church in the tent as interim pa: 
tor, led in prayer. 

Mrs. Betty Patterson Mclntyre, chairman of the historical commi 
tee, gave a summary of the history of the church. 

Then, followed a very impressive dedication ceremony as the buih 
ing was presented by the chairman of the building committee to ti 
deacons of the church. 

The chairman of the building committee, Mr. Colon Hamrick, w; 
also a charter member of the church and as he was turning the nr 
Sanctuary over to the deacons of the church, he said, " I am real pro 
to have had a part in the building of this Sanctuary. I was ordained 
the temporary building on that dirt floor and, you know, you kneel f 
the "laying on of hands," and my knees were in the sand, and I a 
proud of it. 

I am happy to have had a part in the building of this churcr 
he said, "and each one has contributed and contributed well to t 
building of this Sanctuary." 

He continued, "Today is a day that we the people of this chur 
have been praying, dreaming and working for, for over 20 years. T 
day, this dream has become a reality, and it is with grateful hearts th 
we gather here today to dedicate this building to the Glory of Goc 
He said, "We thank God for his Divine Guidance and wisdom in t\ 
rection of this building and may we always use it to the upbuilding 
Thy Kingdom." 

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Then, his closing comment was, "as chairman of the building com- 
nittee, it gives me great pleasure, and I want to say I have great faith 
11 these deacons and the members of this church and now I present it 

the board of deacons." 

Mr. Buren Peeler, assistant chairman of the deacons, in accepting 
tie new Sanctuary on behalf of the deacons of the church said,"l want 
9 accept this building this morning for the church and for the deacons. 

want to say I appreciate the building committee for the work they 
ave done and for each one that has contributed towards this building. 

want to pledge for the members of this church that we will respect 
lis building as the Temple of God and for the deacons that we will 
rotect this Sanctuary and that it will always be a place of worship to 

le Lord as long as the building shall stand." 

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Dr. Vann Murrell, interim pastor of Putnam Memorial Church, led 
le congregation in the vows of dedication. Kings Mountain Baptist 
issociational Moderator, Rev. Roland Leath, led in the prayer of dedi- 
ition and the congregation then sang "Onward Christian Soldiers." 

1 Rev. Joe T. Whitworth, a former pastor of the church, led in the 
fertory prayer, after which, the choir sang so very well the beautiful 
rmn, "The King Is Coming." 

j Another former pastor of the church, Rev. Richard N, Spencer, 
slivered the message. In his opening comments, he said, "In the 12th 
(lapter of Hebrews we read, "We are surrounded with a great cloud of 
jitness. " It seems to me the writer is talking about those who have 
line on to be with the Lord. They are in the Father's house. I re- 
member there was a six year old girl singing one Sunday, and one of 
ese members, who is already in the Father's house, just couldn't 
>ntain himself and he began applauding." (He was referring to Mr. B. 
r. Mclntyre). He continued, "I wonder this morning that if some of 
lese who don't occupy a physical position; but I wonder, if not in 
irit, there is not the applause or some of these that have went on to 
i with the Lord. Their faith was that which helped us day by day. 
nay we never forget the contribution that they made. Not just older 
embers, but some of the younger members too. May God let us not 
rget these and the contribution they made." 

t ■ 

I Then, he continued as he spoke to Rev. Eugene Passmore, "Gene, 

i e Scripture that you read, Psalm 84, was the same Scripture that was 

id when the other building was dedicated," (the south end of the 

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educational plant), "and I remember Rev. Lawrence Roberts said ther 
"You know that is strange. That is the same Scripture passage we re? 
when we dedicated the first building we built here, (the north end d 
the educational plant) "and you read the same Scripture passage toda , 
God certainly has guided this congregation." 

Rev. Spencer read his text from the Ninth Chapter of Mark, vers 
2-7, 14-18, and 27-28. He raised the questions, "Who hath commam 
ed you to build this House? From where have you derived your authoi 
ity to build, and what is your motivation for building this building' 
Then, he answered the questions by saying, "We are the servants o 
God and through his guidance and leadership, we come to build 1 

Rev. Spencer pointed out that in Chapter 9 of Mark there are tw 
incidents that should be of concern to the church of today. (1) Thi 
Transfiguration of Jesus when Jesus received power from on high an 
(2) a boy with a graphic need that the disciples who had not been wit 
Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration to received power could n 
meet. However, Jesus used the power he had receive in that gre 
experience to serve the needs of that boy. Rev. Spencer said, "Th 
Sanctuary should be a place to worship and a place to serve.' 
should be a place from which God's people received His power to \ 
out and serve the needs of the Putnam Memorial community. 

As the invitation hymn, "I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord" was sui 
one came to rededicate himself anew to the Lord just as many did 
their hearts. 



Then, Rev. Spencer said, "As we have dedicated this building th 
morning, and you are a member of this church, and you would like 
rededicated your life, what you are and what you have unto His K 
dom and you would vow this morning that God may have your I 
rededicated unto Him, would you just lift your hand and leave it i 
while Dr. Vann Murrell leads in the closing prayer." 



It seemed that every church member raised their hand and most < 
of those who were visiting. 

There were 154 members present for this service and 120 gue 
making the total present 274. The offering was $1,456.82. 

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There were 15 of the charter members of Putnam Memorial Church 
?sent for the Dedication Service for the new Sanctuary. They were: 
:k Lane, Mrs. Jack Lane, J.R. Webber, Mrs. J.R. Webber, Jimmy 
imes B.) Webber, Edgar Passmore, Mrs. Edgar Passmore, Mrs. Fennel 
tterson, Roscoe Patterson, Mrs. Faye Patterson Hudson, Claude 
nes, Jr., Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr., Mrs. Mary Catherine Jones Raxter, 
Ion Hamrick and Mrs. Colon Hamrick. 

Putnam Memorial pastors, interim pastors and their wives who were 
isent were Rev. Lewis Ludlum, Mrs. Lawrence Roberts, Rev. & Mrs. 
|S T. Whitworth, Rev. & Mrs. Richard l\J. Spencer and Mr. & Mrs. M. 
nn Murrell. 

Rev. & Mrs. E. Eugene Passmore, Jr. were also present. Rev. Pass- 
r ire was ordained at Putnam Memorial. 

1 
Kings Mountain Baptist Associational Moderator, Rev. Roland 

ath, was present as well as Rev. IM.S. Hardin who once lived in this 

jTimunity and has visited and preached in Putnam Memorial Church 

|iny times. 

The architect who drew the plans for the Sanctuary, Mr. L. P. Hoi- 
id, Jr., and his associate, Mr. Jerry McGinnis, were present. Also 
isent was Mr. Marvin Hamrick who did some of the painting. 

Following the benediction by Dr. Vann Murrell, a delicious picnic 
ch was enjoyed by everyone who could stay, in the old auditorium 
the south end of the educational plant. It was truly a wonderful 
le of fellowship for everyone present. 

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| Then, from 2 until 4 p.m.. Open House was held. Thirty-seven 
iple called during this time. Among those was another charter mem- 
of the church, Mrs. Howard Strickland, and also the Kings Moun- 
i Baptist Associational Missionary, Rev. CO. Greene, and Mrs. CO. 
*ene. 

Yes, the Dedication Service was truly everything the congregation 
hoped for and much more. The feelings of everyone present could 
bably be summed up by these words by one of the members of the 
rch who was there, Mrs. Odell Humphries, when she said, "I have 
er been happier than I was Sunday before in my life." 

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This is the Bulletin for the Dedication Service for the new Sanctuary of 
PUTNAM MEMORIAL CHURCH 



l^vilnam rf/emonai Daptiit (church 

^>keibu, I forth Carolina 



ORGANIZED 1949 




^anctuaru ^Dedication S^ervice 

SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 1973 
11:00 A.M.. 

REV. M. VANN MURRELL, Interim Pastor 



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PUTNAM MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH 
Shelby, North Carolina 

DEDICATION SERVICE 
March 4, 1973 

rning Worship 1 1:00 A.M. 

nic Dinner 12:30 P.M. 

en House 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. 

REV. VANN MURRELL, Interim Pastor 

PUTNAM MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH 

March 4, 1973 

SERVICE OF DEDICATION 

Morning Worship - 11:00 A.M. 
ude 

ral Call to Worship 

nation Rev. N. S. Hardin 

in - "The Church's One Foundation" No. 380 

come Mr. Colon Hamrick 

cial Music Mrs. Tamara Valentine 

pture Rev. E. Eugene Passmore, Jr. 

?er Rev. Lewis E. Ludlum 

imary of the History of the Church , Mrs. Betty Mclntyre 

THE CEREMONY OF DEDICATION 

Presentation of the Building to the Deacons 

Colon Hamrick, 

Chairman of the Building Committee 

Acceptance of the Building 

Buren Peeler 
Assistant Chairman of the Deacons 

vs of Dedication Interim Pastor and Congregation 

(Congregation Standing) 

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VOWS OF DEDICATION 



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Pastor: "Bless the Lord, my soul; and ail that is within me bless 
His Holy name. Bless the Lord, my soul, and forget not all His 
benefits." 

Congregation: "0 come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel 
before the Lord our maker. For He is our God! and we are the people f 
of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand." 

Pastor: Recognizing the blessings of God in the planning and con- „ 
structing of our building, seeing clearly His hand in providing dedica 
ted leadership and growing stewardship to enable us to follow our t 
dream to a complete work of beauty. 



Congregation: We now with hearts that overflow with joy and thanks- 
giving do solemnly dedicate this building. 



Pastor: For the promotion of righteousness and justice; and the re- 
conciling of men to God, and man to man; for the participation in the 
thrust of Christ's ministry to the ends of the earth. 

Congregation: We dedicate this building. 

Pastor: For the nurture of little children; for the training of our youth; 
for the moulding of lives into Christlike maturity. 

Congregation: We dedicate this building. 



Pastor: For the reading of the Scriptures, and the interpreting of the | 
same with mind and heart; for the proclaiming of the redeeming love of 
God through the gospel of Jesus Christ; for the praying for God's will 
to be done through our lives. 



Congregation: We dedicate this building. 

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F tor: To the glory of God our Father, who is the source of all grace, 
t Giver of every good gift; to the honor of our Lord and Saviour Je- 
I Christ who loved the Church and gave Himself for her; to the praise 
f the Holy Spirit who is our Comforter and Guide 



igregation: We dedicate this building and all things herein. 



ctor and Congregation: To Thee, our God, we now dedicate our- 
i res anew; to the worship, work and witness of the church; to the 
; rifices which Christian discipleship requires. We offer Thee this 
! Iding, our lives, our possessions, and we now covenant together be- 
e Thee for the payment of the indebtedness that remains. We make 
» dedication of what we are and what we have in the name of the 
'her, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 



yer of Dedication Rev. Roland Leath 

imn - "Onward, Christian Soldiers" No. 412 

Jication of the Tithes and Offerings Rev. Joe Whitworth 

Mies and Offerings 

[ sir Special 

tssage Rev. Richard Spencer 

|mn - "I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord" No. 382 

lediction Rev. Vann Murrell 

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EN HOUSE 

The church building will be open this afternoon from 2:00 P.M. 
il 4:00 P.M. 



YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ARE CORDIALLY INVITED. 

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DEDICATORY HYMN 

To Him who hallows all our days 

Our souls in worship bend; 

On joyful wing our songs of praise 

And gratitude ascend; 

This house we dedicate to Thee, Lord, 

This holy day; 

And may its mission ever be 

Thy glories to display. 

A precious gem of Thy right hand, 

A trophy of Thy grace, 
Long may its walls in beauty stand, 

For Thee a dwelling place; 

And as the years shall come and go 

On time's unresting wing, 

May hearts of stone here learn to glow, 

And of Thy mercies sing. 

And by Thy Spirit's ministries, 

May saints their joys renew, 

And in the strength Thy grace supplies 

Their heavenly race pursue: 

And as the years shall come and go 

On time's unresting wing. 

Til tribes and tongues the world around 

Shall praise Immanuel's name. 

John L. Rosser 



APPRECIATION. 



As we dedicate this sanctuary, let us remember that it is more than 
a building... .IT IS THE HOUSE OF GOD! In the words of Nehemiah, 
let it be said: "So build we ... for the people had a mind to work." 

We wish to express our appreciation to each person who contri- 
buted in any way, large or small, to make this building project a suc- 
cess. 



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BUILDING COMMITTEE 

Colon Hamrick, Chairman 

Maynard Ledford 

Gus Mclntyre 

Buren Peeler 

J. R. Webber 



DEACONS 

Colon Hamrick, Chairman 

Buren Peeler, Assistant 

Keith Anthony 

A. D. Holland 

Claude Jones, Jr. 

Gus Mclntyre 

Ed Passmore 

Jerry Smith 

J. R. Webber 



HISTORY COMMITTEE 

Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 

Mrs. Gus Mclntyre 

Mrs. J. R. Webber 



HOSTESS COMMITTEE 

Mrs. Jack Lane 

Mrs. D. P. Smith, Jr. 

Mrs. Gene Webber 



PUBLICITY COMMITTEE 

Miss Mary Peeler 
Miss Lynn Webber 
Mrs. Gene Webber 

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The new Sanctuary cost approximately $87,000.00. From the time 
k first began about a new addition to the church until the Dedica- 
m Service was held, the church raised $52,000.00 and only had to 
rrow $35,000.00. 

Construction of the Sanctuary was handled by Colon E. Hamrick 
nstruction and assisted by J.R. Webber (S & W Construction). Mr. 
ren Peeler looked after the electrical work in the Sanctuary. Mr. 
mrick, Mr. Webber and Mr. Peeler are all three members of Putnam 
imorial Church. 

So many have given their time, their talents and their offerings to 
jke the completion of this new Sanctuary possible that it would be 
possible to list everyone and that which they have contributed. Just 
it is impossible to list all who have contributed to the building of 
tnam Memorial Church from its very beginnings in a tent in the grove 
trees south of the present church building. While this is impossible 
us, we can be confident in the fact that God knows each one who 
had a part in any way in the establishing and building of Putnam 
imorial Baptist Church. 



Looking into the future, the pulpit committee can be seen con- 
ling prayerfully to seek God's guidance in finding a pastor for the 
gregation, while the Minister of Music committee prayerfully seeks 
usic director for the church. 



Four are awaiting baptism in the new Baptistry in the new Sanc- 
y. They are: 

(1) Tim Webber - Son of Mr. & Mrs. James B. Webber 

(2) Lou Ann Webber - Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Gene 
Webber 

(3) Bonnie Howard - Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Roy Howard 

(4) Kim Caroll - Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. David Caroll 



There is even talk already beginning about building a fellowship 
with a nice kitchen in it behind the educational plant of Putnam 
norial Church. 



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Rev. Lewis Ludlum, who was supply pastor when the church was 
being organized, said this about those first charter members organ 
izing and building a church in this community. "One memory of rr 
experiences with Putnam Memorial Church that has made a lastin 
impression on my life was the evident leadership of God in the pro 
ject, and the strong sense of mission evident in the strong loyalty of ; 
small group of people with a divine call to be used of God in estal 
lishing a church for their neighborhood." 

As time marches on and Putnam Memorial Church continues 
make history, may the congregation seek through prayer to have 
strong sense of mission that will be evident in their lives as they permi 
God to use them to reach the unchurched in this community for Hin 
and for this, His Church. 



"... Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they an 
white already to harvest. " 

John 4: 35b 



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PUTNAM MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH 
NAMED IN MEMORY OF THE REV. D. FRANK PUTNAM 



REV. D. FRANK PUTNAM 




Rev. D. Frank Putnam was the 
son of Samuel and Artie Hardin 
Putnam. He was born March 24, 
1870 in Cleveland County on Cabi- 
ness Road and was the youngest of 
12 children. He was a brother of 
S. Tilden Putnam, a deacon of Put- 
nam Memorial Church. 

Brother Putnam received his 
schooling at Wake Forest College. 

He was ordained to the full gospel ministry by his home church, the 
Zion Baptist Church in Cleveland County in 1897. 

He married the former Miss Elizabeth Jane Spangler in 1896, and 
they were the parents of three girls, Vivian, Pearl and Lois. 

During his period of efficient ministry for 50 years and more, he 
served 43 different Baptist churches in the state of North Carolina. He 
served eleven years on the N. C. State Mission Board. 

Brother Putnam was a builder of churches from the very beginning 
of his ministry. He remodeled and completed more than 20 churches. 
In the last ten years of his work, he organized, financed and completed 
three new churches and was interested in others in the Kings Mountain 
Association. These new churches were David, organized 1938; Polk 
ville, 1940 and Temple in Kings Mountain organized in 1945. He was 
outstanding as a builder, financier and a thorough worker in evangelis- 
tic and missionary effort. 

On September 14, 1947 at the age of 77, Rev. D. F. Putnam passed 
away. He was able to continue at his task to the end, but for only a few 
days of illness, before his death. 



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At the time of his death, he was pastor of the Temple Baptist 
urch in Kings Mountain, IM. C. The Sunday School building had 
en completed in 1946. Brother Putnam along with other members 
the church had materials on the ground and were to begin work on 
> auditorium the day that he was stricken. Rev. Putnam was truly a 
jless and fearless worker of the Kingdom interest. 

Having pastored and organized so many churches during his minis- 
, Rev. Lawrence Roberts felt that the members of Putnam Memorial 
urch could find no name more worthy than that of Frank Putnam 
name the church in honor of. Putnam Memorial Baptist Church in 

Kings Mountain Baptist Association is the only church named in 
moriam to Rev. D. Frank Putnam. 






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The article that appeared in the Shelby Daily Star announcing the or 
ganization of Putnam Memorial Baptist Church, October 1949 



Honor memory 
of minister 



Name Of Putnam 
Memorialized By 
Baptist Church 



churches in o;her counties. Ha 
founded Polkville, David and Tem- 
ple churches. Sunday will be thq 
second anniversary of his death. 

During his half -century in tha 
ministry Rev. Mr. Putnam served 
43 different churches. In all ha 
helped organize seven churches 
and assisted in a number of or] 
ganizations when he was not pas- 
tor of the church. 



The name of the late Rev. D. ^ 
Putnam, for 50 years, a minister 
will be memoralized by a newly 
organized church in the Kings 
Mountain Baptist association. 

The new church will be called 
Putnam Memorial Baptist church. 
The Sunday school has been organ- 
ized for some time and services are 
being held regularly in a tent hear 
the Shelby Sales barn between 
Shelby and Giover. 

A new building committee has 
been named and is composed 
of: the Rev. T. W. Foreman, J. 
R. Webber, the Rev. Lawrence 
Roberts, Leonard McSwain, the 
Rev. Lewis Ludlum and Claud 
Jones. The committee appoint- 
ed to purchase a suitable lot 
for building is composed of the 
Rev. Lawrence Roberts. Mrs. 
Raymond CUne, Claud Jones 
and Leonard McSwain. 
Enrol'ment in the Sunday school 
is 78. The merrber-hip decided 
on the name Sunday, choc sing to , 
honor the memory of a preacher , 
who had devoted much + imc aScd/ 
energy to organizing and found- 
ing churches in this county. At thej 
time of his death two years ago,' 
Rev. Mr. Putnam was pastor of 
Temple Baptist church in Kings j 
Mountain. 

He had also served as pastor at 
Beaver Dam, David, Polkville, Ross 
Grove and Dover as well as 
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This is the announcement of the Dedication Service for the New Sanctuary 
Putnam Memorial Baptist Church that appeared in the Church News of the 
jlby Daily Star, Friday, March 2, 1973. 




Putnam Memorial Baptist Church 

Dedication 
Is Slated 



(See rest of clipping on following page, please) 
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(Newspaper clipping, continued) 



Putnam Memorial Baptist 
Church will observe the 
dedication of a new sanctuary 
at 11 a. m. Sunday. 

The Putnam Memorial 
Baptist Church was organized 
Oct. 16, 1949, with 19 members 
present. The church was named 
Putnam Memorial in memory 
of the Rev. D. F. Putnam. 

The first meeting place was in 
a tent in the grove south of the 
present building. The Rev. 
Lewis Ludlum was interim 
pastor. A lot was purchased 
from Roland Gantt and a 
temporary building was con- 
structed in November of 1949 on 
that lot. 

During the ministry of the 
Rev. Lawrence Roberts por- 
table Sunday School rooms 
were added to the temporary 
building and the north end of the 
educational building was begun 
in July of 1951 and completed in 
June of 1952. 

In September of 1957 the 
church began construction on 
the south end of the educational 
building during the ministry of 
the Rev. Joe T. Whitworth and 
finished it in February of 1958. 

The church ordained the Rev. 
William P. Shy tie to the Baptist 
ministry during the time that he 
served as interim pastor and 
also licensed one of its young 
men, Eugene Passmore, to 
preach. 

While the Rev. Richard N. 
Spencer served as pastor of the 
congregation observed 
homecoming on its tenth an- 
niversary, Oct. 11, 1959, and 
held a "note burning" service 



for the south end of tn< 
educational building on Nov. 6 
1960. The church voted on Jan 
14, 1962 to build a pastorium. 

The church ordained Eugeni 
Passmore for the Baptis 
ministry while Dr. Donald D 
Moore was serving as interin 
pastor. 

During the ministry of th' 
Rev. George W. Dowd con 
struction on the pastoriun 
began in May of 1963 and wa^ 
completed in December of 1965 
On Sept. 13, 1964, the churc! 
voted to have open house. 

While the Rev. E. S. Elliol 
served as interim pastor, th 
church was engaged in fun 
raising to liquidate the debt <f 
the pastorium. 

A note buring was held Marc 
12, 1966, for the pastorium whii 
the Rev. Harold L. Threatt wa 
serving as pastor. Also on Oc 
18, 1970, ground breakin 
ceremonies for a new sanctuai 
were held and construe tk 
began. 

Since Dr. M. Van Murrell hi 
been interim pastor, co 
struction on the sanctuary w 
completed the last of Februa^ 
1973. 

The church membership ha 
grown from 19 when it wa 
organized on Oct. 16, 1949 to 29 1 
in 1973. 

Sunday, a dedication servic 
for the new sanctuary will b 
held. This is also the firs 
worship service to be held in th 
new sanctuary. 

Open house will be held from 
to 4 p. m. Sunday following th 
dedication. 



This announcement was prepared for the paper by Miss Mary Peeler and Mi 
Betty Patterson Mclntyre. 



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PASTORS AND INTERIM PASTORS 

of 

PUTNAM MEMORIAL CHURCH 



REV. LEWIS E. LUDLUM 



Lewis E. Ludlum was born 
October 3, 1908 in Shallotte, 
i.C. He attended Southport 
■iiyh School in Southport, N.C. 
le attended Wake Forest Col- 
ege and received his Bachelor 
Eif Divinity degree from Crozer 
'heological Seminary. 



He married the former Miss 
lharlotte Huntley in 1939 and 
hey are the parents of two children, Wade Douglas and Rebecca Ann. 




In addition to being interim pastor of Putnam Memorial Church 
nrom Oct. 23, 1949 until Nov. 28, 1949, Rev.Ludlum's ministry in- 
cluded being pastor of Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Asheville, N.C. 
jom 1936 until 1942. 



Rev. Ludlum also served as special appointee of the N.C. Baptist 
convention as Defense and Military Ministry at Jacksonville, N.C. and 
arolina Beach Baptist Church from 1942 until 1945. 



He served as associational missionary for the Kings Mountain Bap- 
ht Association from 1945 until 1950. 



Rev. Ludlum served as associational missionary for the Pilot Moun- 
»in Association from 1950 - 1972. 



He retired January 1, 1973. However, his plans are to do some sup- 



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piy preaching and work on a volunteer basis in some of the missioi 
action projects Baptist have developed in recent years in Winston 
Salem, NX. 

Having been closely associated with the members of Putnam Mt 
moria! Cnurch since the revival meeting in the tent before the churc 
was organized, Rev. Ludlum helped to organize the church. Eve 
though he had a heavy schedule serving as Kings Mountain Bapti 
Associationai missionary, he agreed to serve as supply pastor of Pi 
nam Memorial until a pastor could be called. During this time, t! 
first morning services were held on Oct. 30, 1949, still meeting in tr 
tent. Before this, services had been held in the afternoon. On Nov. 
1949, the members voted to begin immediate construction on a ten 
porary church building and it was completed within a month. 
Nov. 20, 1949, the church secured assistance from the Baptist Stai 
Convention for pastoral support in the amount of $40.00 per monti 
elected the first church trustees and elected the first pulpit committe 
On Nov. 28, 1949, the church adopted its first budget. 



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REV. 

LAWRENCE 

ROBERTS 



Lawrence Robertswas born 
July 10, 1897 in the Elizabeth 
Community in Shelby, IM.C. 
He joined the church at age e- 
leven. In 1921, he was ordai- 
ned a deacon at Elizabeth 
Church. In July of 1923, he 
was licensed to preach and on 
Sunday, May 3, 1925, he was 
ordained for the Baptist Minis- 
try at Elizabeth Baptist Church. 



He attended school at Boiling Springs and Mars Hill. He received 
the Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University and the Master 
of Theology degree from the Southwestern Seminary, Fort Worth, 
Texas. 

He married the former Miss Clevie Branton, and they are the parents 
of three children, John B., Evelyn and Margaret. 

Rev. Roberts served as pastor of three churches in South Carolina, 
two in Texas, one in the Gaston Association and eight in the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association. Along with pastoring these churches, he 
also served for 17 years as both clerk and treasurer of the Kings Moun- 
tain Baptist Association, ten years as secretary of the Baptist Pastor's 
Conference and also as secretary for the Greater Shelby Ministerial 
Conference. 



Rev. Roberts was called as the first pastor of Putnam Memorial 
Church on November 28, 1949 and preached his first sermon as pastor 
December 4. He served from 1949 until Feb. 16, 1955. He had also 
leen closely associated with the members of Putnam Memorial since 
he earliest beginning in the tent. 



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During his ministry, the Training Union was organized, a portable 
building was added to the temporary church building for additional 
Sunday School space, the Woman's Missionary Union was organized as 
well as Sunbeams, Royal Ambassadors and Girl's Auxiliary, the first 
deacons of the church were ordained, an educational plant was begun 
in October of 1951 and finished in June of 1952, a new piano was pur- 
chased and open house for the new educational plant was held August 
25, 1952. Also, the temporary church building and the portable Sun 
day School rooms were sold September 7, 1952. During these years, 
the church went from a part-time to a full-time program of work, 



There were nineteen members the first year of Rev. Roberts' min 
istry at Putnam Memorial and ninety-one at the close of his work. 



Rev. Lawrence Roberts passed away December 19, 1965 after as 
illness of six weeks. Funeral services were conducted at Elizabeth Bap 
tist Church and burial was in the church cemetery. 



REV. JOE T. WHITWORTH 




Joe T. Whitworth was born 

k/lay 12, 1922 in Lavonia, Ge- 
orgia. He married the former 

-Miss Elizabeth Hollingsworth 

j>3nd they have four children, s " 

Bonnie, Francine, Kathy and 
Danny Joe. 

Rev. Whitworth attended 
Fruitland Bible Institute and 
the School of Pastoral Care at 
the North Carolina Baptist Hos- 
pital. 

In addition to his ministry at Putnam Memorial Church, Rev. Whit- 
worth has served as pastor of the following churches: Shiloah in Sene- 
ca, S. C, Double Springs in Mountain Rest, S. C, Kings Creek in 
Lenoir, I'M. C, Oak Dale and Bristol Drive in Statesville, l\I. C, Second 
Baptist in Cherryville and Fraly Memorial in Gastonia. He is now pas- 
tor of New Buffalo Baptist Church in Grover. 

Rev. Whitworth was called as pastor of Putnam Memorial on June 
8, 1955 and served until Feb. 23, 1958 . During his ministry, the con- 
gregation sponsored a radio program with the pastor preaching and the 
choir singing, elected Mr. B.V. Mclntyre and Mr. Claude A. Jones, Sr. 
honorary deacons for as long as they lived, held a ground breaking 
ceremony on August 25, 1957 for an addition to the south end of the 
educational plant and began construction, purchased 250 folding chairs 
for the new addition to the church, elected Mr. Frank Greene as church 
custodian and completed construction on the new addition in January 
of 1958. 

There were 91 members at the beginning of his ministry at Put- 
nam Memorial and 151 at the close of his work here. 



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REV. WILLIAM P. SHYTLE 



William (Bill) Shytle was born 
November 13, 1930 in Shelby, IM. C. 
He married the former Miss Jessie 
Mace, and they have two daughters, 
Teresa and Sharon. 

He received his education at 
Shelby High School, Gardner-Webb 
College, the Southeastern Baptist 
Theological Seminary at Wake For- 
est and Limestone College. 




Rev. Shytle was interim pastor of Putnam Memorial Church from 
February 9, 1958 until August 3, 1958. He has been pastor of Allen 
Memorial Baptist Church at Grover and Mount Hefron Baptist Church 
at Connelly Springs both in North Carolina. At the present time, he is 
pastor of the White Street Baptist Church in Rock Hi!!, South Carolina. 

On Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., March 23, 1958, Putnam 
Memorial Baptist Church ordained William P. Shytle for the Baptist 
ministry. Rev. T.W. Bray presented a devotional based on I Timothy: 
Chapter 3. The congregation sang "Breathe on Me." Rev. J. R. Howe 
led in prayer. Rev. E.B. Hicks delivered a message that was a "charge 
to candidate and church." Rev. T. W. Bray presented a Bible to Rev. 
Shytle followed by Rev. N.S. Hardin leading in prayer. There was a 
traditional "laying on of hands" by all the pastors and the deacons who 
were present symbolically establishing Rev. William P. Shytle to his new 
office. Then, the congregation sang "Wherever He Leads, I'll Go" and 
Rev. William P. Shytle gave the closing benediction. 



During his ministry at Putnam Memorial Church, the congregation 
had a telephone installed in the pastor's study in the church on April 
2, 1958 and licensed one of its young men, Eugene Passmore, to preach 
on August 17, 1958. 



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REV. RICHARD l\l. SPENCER 



Richard IM. Spencer was born 
November 7, 1925 at Bessemer City 
IV. C. He attended the city school 
system in Gastonia, IM.C. He re- 
ceived his Associate of Arts degree 
at Gardner-Webb College, his Bach- 
elor of Arts degree from Limestone 
College at Gaffney, S.C., and his 
Bachelor of Divinity from Southern 
Baptist Theological Seminary in 
Louisville, Kentucky. 

He served in the United States Army during World War II in the 
American and European theatre of operations. 

Mr. Spencer married the former Miss Ellese Ford, and they have 
two children, Rebecca Joan and Christopher Mark. Chris was born 
while Rev. Spencer was pastor of Putnam Memorial Church. 

While a student at Gardner-Webb College and Limestone College, 
Rev. Spencer was pastor of Putnam Memorial Church for four years. 
While at the seminary, he served for four months as counselor at the 
| Children's Center in Louisville, Kentucky and for three years from 
1962-65 as pastor of the Indian Creek Baptist Church in Geocgetown, 
Indiana. He has been pastor of the Caroleen Baptist Church in IM.C. 
since 1965. In addition to his pastorates, he has served as president of 
the Rutherford County Ministerial Association and program chairman 
for the Sandy Run Baptist Association. 

Putnam Memorial Baptist Church called Rev. Spencer as pastor 
August 17, 1958 and he preached his first sermon on Sunday, Sept. 7. 

During his ministry at Putnam Memorial, the church observed 
Homecoming" on its tenth anniversary, Oct. 11, 1959. A "note 
lurning'service for the south end of the educational plant was held 

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Nov. 6, 1960 and at that time, the members voted to begin a building 
fund. Miss Tamara Cornweil was hired as Music Director on Nov. 13, 
1960. The first G.A. Coronation was held Sept. 10, 1961 and on Jan. 
14, 1962, the congregation voted to build a parsonage. 

There were 149 members of Putnam Memorial Church when Rev. 
Spencer began his ministry and 211 members when he resigned on July 
15, 1962 to resume his schooling. 





R. DONALD D. MOORE 



Donald D. Moore was born Feb- 
jary 14, 1933, in Thomasville, 
.C. He married the former Miss 
larjorie Jean Walker on March 18, 
954, and they have three children 
ori Michele, Jonathan Douglas and 
avid Michael. 

In 1956, he received his Bache- 
nr of Science degree from David- 
Hi College, in 1959, his Bachelor 

f Divinity degree from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary: 
i 1964, his Master of Arts degree from Appalachian State University 
id in 1966, his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of 
orth Carolina. 

Dr. Moore has also done additional studies at the North Carolina 
iptist Hospital in Pastoral Counseling and at Yale University Summer 
:hool of Alcohol Studies. 

In addition to being interim pastor of Putnam Memorial Church 
om August 26, 1962 through April 7, 1963, his ministry includes 
eing pastor of Temple Baptist Mission in Gastonia for a year and 
ark Place Baptist Church in Thomasville, l\l. C. for six years. 

In 1962 through 1964, Dr. Moore was Director of Counseling and 
sstructor in Psychology at Gardner-Webb College. Since 1965, he has 
sen Director of Counseling and Associate Professor of Pastoral Care at 
le Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, IM.C. 

During his ministry at Putnam Memorial Church, Dr. Moore de- 
meA the sermon at the ordination service for the Baptist ministry of 
le of the young men of the church, Eugene Passmore, on Feb. 10, 
163. 



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REV. GEORGE W. DOWD 



George W. Dowel was born in 
Montgomery, Alabama on July 11, 
1918. He attended the public 
schools of Montgomery and Ho- 
ward College in Birmingham, Ala- 
bama. He also attended for six 
summers the Pastor's Schools spon- 
sored by the North Carolina Bap- 
tist State Convention and taught 
by professors and ministers, gradu- 
ates of Southern and Southeastern 
Seminaries. He also had Seminary 

Extension Courses in New Testament, Christian Theology and Bible 
Doctrines. 




On Sept. 10, 1939, he married the former Miss Mary Genevieve 
Wolfe and they have two children, Georgette and Clyde. 

Rev. Dowd was licensed to preach on August 3, 1938 by the Clay- 
ton Street Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama and on September 
7, 1942, he was ordained for the Baptist ministry in the same church. 

From 1942 until 1948 in Pender and Brunswick Counties in North 
Carolina, Rev. Dowd was pastor of half-time churches. 

In addition to Putnam Memorial, he was pastor of the following 
full-time churches all in North Carolina: Long Leaf Park in Wilming- 
ton, New Hope in Whiteville, Trinity in Trinity and Willard in Wil- 
lard. He was pastor of Bio Baptist Church in Hartwell, Georgia and is 
presently pastor of Martin Baptist Church in Martin, Georgia. 



On March 24, 1963, Putnam Memorial Church voted to call Rev. 
Dowd and on April 14, 1963, he preached his first message as pastor. 
Among other things accomplished during his ministry was the congre- 
gation voting on May 19, 1963 for the final plans for a pastorium on 



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vhich construction began very soon, having the records of the church 
nicrofilmed by the Kings Mountain Baptist Association, setting aside 
very fifth Sunday night service as sing night, painting the outside of 
he church, putting a new roof on the church, completing construction 
in the parsonage in December of 1963, and voting to have open house 
m Sept. 13, 1964. 

There were 221 members when Rev. Dowd began his ministry at 
mtnam Memorial Church and 232 at the close of his work on March 
4,1965. 









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REV. E. S. ELLIOTT 





Rev. Elliott is a graduate of 
Wake Forest University in North 
Carolina and the Southern Baptist 
Theological Seminary in Louisville, 
Kentucky. 

While at Wake Forest and at the 
Southern Baptist Seminary, he ser- 
ved as student pastor. 



He served as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Paris, Arkansas 
for IOV2 years, of the First Baptist Church in Cherryville for over 13 
years and of Troutman Baptist Church in Troutman, N.C. for 4 years. 



He retired in 1959 and moved to Shelby. He has been interim pas- 
tor for several churches in Cleveland and Gaston Counties. He is pre- 
sently a member at Elizabeth Baptist Church where he teaches the 
men's Bible class in Sunday School. 



Putnam Memorial called him as interim pastor April 4, 1965, and 
he served until Feb. 6, 1966. During this time, the church was busy 
trying to liquidate the debt on the parsonage and the W.M.U. women 
were busy getting shrubbery planted around the parsonage. 



94 




iV. HAROLD L. THREATT 



Harold L. Threatt was born in 
rshaw, South Carolina on Sept- 
iber 11, 1930. He married the 
mer Miss Carolyn Walding, and 
>y have four children, Greg, Beth, 
ren and Brad. Both Karen and 
3d were born while Rev. Threatt 
s pastor of Putnam Memorial 
lurch. 



He was ordained to the Bap- 
t ministry January 5, 1958 by the First Baptist Church in Kershaw, 
uth Carolina. 

Rev. Threatt attended Heath Springs High School in Heath Springs, 
uth Carolina. He received his Associate of Arts degree from North 
eenville Junior College, his Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman 
iversity and his Bachelor of Divinity degree from the Southwestern 
ptist Theological Seminary. 

For fifteen months, Rev. Threatt was interim pastor of Heath 
rings Baptist Church in Heath Springs, South Carolina. He served 
l*pastor of Oakland Baptist Church in Canton, Texas for eight years. 
I served as pastor of Putnam Memorial Church from February 13, 
I 56 until May 28, 1972. He is now pastor of Woodlawn Baptist 
lurch in Conover, North Carolina. 

[ During his pastorate at Putnam Memorial Church, the congrega- 
t n held a "note burning "on March 12, 1966 for the new parsonage, 
I msored a Junior and a Senior Fellowship, had a church directory 
f rtted, set aside the second Sunday night of each month as sing night, 
: led Mrs. Stephen Morrisett on April 19, 1970 as Minister of Music. 
i en she resigned from this position, Dr. Phil Perrin was called May 
! 1971. During this time, a historical committee was elected to write 
I history of Putnam Memorial Church. A ground breaking ceremony 



95 



was held on Oct. 18, 1970 for the new Sanctuary and construction 
began. The church also voted to air condition the new Sanctuary. 

There were 232 members of Putnam Memorial Church when Rev. 
Threatt began his ministry here and 308 at the close of his work. 



96 



3. M. VANN MURRELL 



Vann Murrell was born March 
i, 1929 in Jacksonville, N.C. 
! married the former Miss Ina 
esham in 1951 and they have 
ur children, Anita Joyce, Zack 
nest, Helen Louise and Robert 
iniel. 

He was ordained for the Bap- 
t ministry in 1950. 




He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest College, 
» Bachelor of Divinity degree from the Southeastern Baptist Theologi- 
I Seminary. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the U- 
versity of Edenburgh, Scotland and did other graduate work at the 
luthern Baptist Theological Seminary at Duke University and at the 
liversity of Heidelburg in Germany. 

Dr. Murrell was student assistant pastor at the First Baptist Church 
Wilson, North Carolina. While at the Southeastern Baptist Theologi- 
I Seminary, he was pastor of four rural churches. He was supply pas- 
r at many churches while at the University of Edinburgh in Scot- 
id. He has been interim pastor at Buffalo, Mount Pleasant, Latti- 
sre, Mount Sinai and other churches including Putnam Memorial 
lere he has been interim pastor since August 6, 1972. 



He is now chairman of the Department of Religious Studies at 
rdner-Webb College in addition to his ministry at Putnam Memorial 
lurch. 

Since Dr. Murrell began his ministry at Putnam Memorial the con- 
jgation has accomplished the following things: hiring Mrs. David 
;llon as secretary, painting the parsonage both on the inside and on 
i outside, buying a new organ and a new piano for the new Sanctu- 



97 



ary, paving the parking lots, sidewalks and driveway around the church, 
buying 25 new choir robes, buying 200 new Baptist hymnals, voted to 
have 150 copies printed of the church history and holding a dedica- 
tion service for the new Sanctuary on March 4, 1973. 



98 



REV. E. EUGENE PASSMORE 

MEMBER 

LICENSED and ORDAINED 

by 

PUTNAM MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH 

Eugene Passmore was born Oct- 
ober 3, 1940 in Valdese, N. C. He 
is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Pass- 
more, charter members of Putnam 
Memorial Church. At the age of 
ten, Eugene accepted Christ as his 
Saviour and joined Putnam Memo- 
ial Church as a candidate for bap- 
tism during a revival September 10- 
17,1950. Rev. E.F. Baker was the 
juest evangelist. There being no 
laptistry in the church, the pas- 
:or, Rev. Lawrence Roberts, baptized Eugene in Joe Beam's Lake on 
Sept. 24, 1950. 

On August 17, 1958, Rev. William P. Shytle recommended that the 
:hurch license Eugene Passmore to preach and the congregation joy- 
lusly did so. 




On Feb. 10, 1963, Putnam Memorial Church ordained Eugene for 
he Baptist ministry. The ordination sermon was delivered by Dr. 
3onald D. Moore, interim pastor. Former pastor, Rev. Lawrence Ro- 
terts, who had baptized Eugene, ted in the ordination prayer. Fol- 
owing the sermon, all the ordained pastors and deacons who were pre- 
ent participated in the traditional "laying on of hands" which sym- 
lolically establishes an ordained person to his new office. Then, the 
hairman of the board of deacons, Mr. Colon Hamrick, presented Rev. 
iugene Passmore with a new Bible and a Certificate of Ordination. 



Rev. Passmore graduated from No. 3 High School and Gardner- 
febb College. He continued his education at Limestone College in 
affney and at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary at Wake 
orest. 



99 



He married the former Miss Frances Harrison, December 18, 1960. 
They have three daughters, Lora Frances, Eugenia Ann and Theresa 
Lynn. 

Rev. Passmore has served as pastor of Peach Street Baptist Church 
in Shelby, NX. and Second Baptist Church in Henderson, N. C. His 
present ministry is with Sunnyside Baptist Church in Bessemer City, 
N. C. 



100 



Salaried Positions in Putnam Memorial Church other than Pastor. 

Minister of Music 

1. November 13, 1960 - The church voted to call Miss Tamera 
Cornwell on a 30 day trial basis. She did not remain after the 
30 day period was up. 

2. On April 19, 1970 - The congregation called Mrs. Stephen Mor- 
risett of Boiling Springs as part-time Minister of Music on a six 
month trial basis. She resigned on November 8, 1970. 

3. On May 9, 1971 - The members voted to call Dr. Phil Perrin, 
Music Professor at Gardner-Webb College, as Minister of Music 
at a salary of $50.00 weekly. He resigned to be effective Febru- 
ary 20, 1972. 

Custodians 

The women of the church did the cleaning in the beginning. Then the 
members voted to hire someone to clean the church. 

1. En 1955, the church hired a 15 year old boy, Eugene Passmore, 
as custodian for $10.00 a month. 

2. On August 18, 1957 the church hired Mr. Frank Greene, voting 
on March 19, 1958 to pay him $40.00 per month. On Febru- 
ary 15, 1965 he was raised $5.00 per month. He was given a- 
nother $5,00 per month raise on October 5, 1966. At the time 
of his death on October 1, 1968 he was receiving $60.00 per 
month. 

3. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lynn were hired as custodians the last of 
September, 1968 for $60.00 per month. They later received a 
$5.00 per month raise. They are serving in this position at the 
present time and will receive a salary increase of $10.00 per 
week to cover the cleaning of the new Sanctuary. 

Secretary 

On September 11, 1972, the church hired it's first secretary, Mrs. Da- 
vid Mellon for $35.00 per week. 

101 




Mrs. David Mellon, 



elected church secretary. Sept 11,1! 




Mr. & Mrs. Fred Lynn have been the custodians of Putnam Memorial Church 
since September of 1968. 

102 



The Following is a List of 

PUTNAM MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH 
CHARTER MEMBERS 



r. Jack Lane 

rs. Jack Lane 

r. Howard Strickland 

rs. Howard Strickland 

arvin Strickland 

mes Strickland 

r. Leonard McSwain 

ss Carolyn McSwain 

r. James R. Webber 

rs. James R. Webber 

ss Janis Webber 

mes B. Webber 

I Edgar Passmore 

rs. Edgar Passmore 

rs. V. B. Crawford 

r. Robert Brown 

rs. Fennel Patterson 

r. Roscoe Patterson 

ss Faye Patterson 

If. Claude Jones, Sr. 

jr. Claude Jones, Jr. 

rs. Claude Jones, Jr. 

ss Mary Catherine Jones 

r. Garland Clary 

ss Helen Swink 

I Colon Hamrick 

s. Colon Hamrick 

. Pink Shytles 

s. Leonard McSwain 



10/16/1949 D y ' etter ' Eastside Baptist, Shelby 

10/16/1949 same 

10/9/1949 by letter - Second Baptist, Shelby 

10/9/1949 same 

10/9/1949 same 

10/9/1949 same 

10/12/1949 by letter - Bethel Baptist, Shelby 

10/12/1949 same 

10/16/1949 by letter - Buffalo Baptist, Blacksburg 

10/16/1949 same 

10/16/1949 same 

10/16/1949 by Baptism 

10/26/1949 by letter - Valdese Baptist, Valdese 

10/12/1949 by letter • Bethel Baptist, Shelby 

10/26/1949 by letter - First Baptist, Shelby 

10/26/1949 by letter - Central Baptist, Americus, Ga. 

10/16/1949 by Baptism 

10/16/1949 by Baptism 

10/30/1949 by Baptism 

10/16/1949 By Baptism - Presbyterian 

10/16/1949 by Baptism 

10/9/1949 by Statement - Pleasant Grove 

10/30/1949 by Baptism 

10/9/1949 by Statement - Presbyterian 

10/30/1949 by Baptism 

11/4/1949 by letter - Zoar Baptist, Shelby 

11/4/1949 same 

11/26/1949 by letter • Calvary Baptist, Shelby 

10/28/1949 by letter - Bethel Baptist, Shelby 



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PUTNAM MEMORIAL CHURCH 
CHAIRMAN OF DEACONS 



1. 


Claude Jones, Sr. 


1951 


2. 


Claude Jones, Sr. 


1952 


3. 


Claude Jones, Sr. 


1953 


4. 


Claude Jones, Sr. 


1954 


5. 


B. V. Mclntyre 


1955 


6. 


Howard Strickland 


1956 


7. 


Colon Hamrick 


1957 


8. 


Colon Hamrick 


1958 


9. 


Wilson Biggerstaff 


1959 


10. 


Colon Hamrick 


1960 


11. 


Colon Hamrick 


1961 


12. 


Colon Hamrick 


1962 


13. 


Buren Peeler 


1963 


14. 


Colon Hamrick 


1964 


15. 


Colon Hamrick 


1965 


16. 


Colon Hamrick 


1966 


17. 


Buren Peeler 


1967 


18. 


Colon Hamrick 


1968 


19. 


Colon Hamrick 


1969 


20. 


Colon Hamrick 


1970 


21. 


Buren Peeler 


1971 


22. 


Colon Hamrick 


1972 



106 



TREASURERS 



The treasurers who have faithfully kept the records of the receipts 
nd expenditures of Putnam Memorial Baptist Church are listed below: 



Year Treasurer 



1949 


Mrs. J. R.Webber 


1950 


Mrs. J. R.Webber 


1951 


Mrs. J. R. Webber 


1952 


Mrs. J. R.Webber 


1953 


Mrs. J. R.Webber 


1954 


Mrs. Z.V. Cline, Jr. 


1955 


Mrs. Z.V. Cline, Jr. 


1956 


Gus Mclntyre 


1957 


Gus Mclntyre 


1958 


Gus Mclntyre 


1959 


Gus Mclntyre 


1960 


Gus Mclntyre 


1961 


Gus Mclntyre 


1962 


Gus Mclntyre 


1963 


Gus Mclntyre 


1964 


Mrs. Charles M. Roberts 


1965 


Mrs. Charles M. Roberts 


1966 


Mrs. Charles M. Roberts 


1967 


Mrs. Z.V. Cline, Jr. 


1968 


Mrs. Z. V. Cline, Jr. 


1969 


Mrs. Z. V. Cline, Jr. 


1970 


Mrs. Z. V. Cline, Jr. 


1971 


Mrs. Z. V. Cline, Jr. 


1972 


Mrs. David Mellon 



BUILDING FUND TREASURERS 

June 8, 1966 Mrs. Colon Hamrick 

October 11, 1970 Maynard Ledford 

107 



PUTNAM MEMORIAL CHURCH TRUSTEES 



On November 20, 1949, the church elected these trustees for th 
lot: J. R. Webber, Howard Strickland and Leonard McSwain. 

On March 23, 1952, the church elected two new trustees; one 
these was to replace Leonard McSwain who was no longer a member 
Putnam Memorial Church, and the other one was to make four trustee; 
The two new trustees were Claude Jones, Sr. and Colon Hamrick t 
serve with J. R. Webber and Howard Strickland. 

On January 8, 1961, the church voted to install two new trustee 
Z. V. Cline, Jr. and Joe Bolin ,to serve with Colon Hamrick, J. R. We 
ber and Claude Jones, Sr. 



March, 1973 - The trustees remain: 

Z. V. Cline, Jr. 

Joe Bolin 

Colon Hamrick 

J. R.Webber 

(Mr. Claude Jones, Sr. is now deceased). 



108 



CLERKS 



The following is a list of the clerks in Putnam Memorial Church 
who have faithfully kept the records through the years: 



Year Clerk 



1949 


Mrs. J. R.Webber 


1950 


Mrs. J. R.Webber 


1951 


Mrs. J. R.Webber 


1952 


Mrs. J. R.Webber 


1953 


B. V. Mclntyre 


1954 


B. V. Mclntyre 


1955 


Claude Jones, Jr. 


1956 


Claude Jones, Jr. 


1957 


Claude Jones, Jr. 


1958 


Claude Jones, Jr. 


1959 


Mrs. Joe Bolin 


1960 


Mrs. Joe Bolin 


1961 


Mrs. Joe Bolin 


1962 


Mrs. Joe Bolin 


1963 


Mrs. Joe Bolin 


1964 


Mrs. Bill Hudson 


1965 


Mrs. Bill Hudson 


1966 


Mrs. Z. V. Clinejr 


1967 


Mrs. J. R.Webber 


1968 


Mrs. J. R.Webber 


1969 


Mrs. J. R.Webber 


1970 


Mrs. J. R.Webber 


1971 


Mrs. J. R.Webber 


1972 


Mrs. David Mellon 



109 



SPECIAL COMMITTEES OF THE CHURCH 

1. Committee to find a lot on which to build the church- 
July 31, 1949 - Rev. Lawrence Roberts, Claude Jones, Sr., 

Leonard McSwain, and Mrs. Raymond Cline. 

2. Building Committees 

1. August 28, 1949 -To get lumber for the building - 

Claude Jones, Sr. and Rev. Lawrence Roberts 

2. August 28, 1949 - To see about construction - 

Rev. T. W. Fogleman and J. R. Webber 

3. October 7, 1951 - Colon Hamrick, Chairman, J. R. Webber, 

Claude Jones, Sr. and Howard Strickland 

4. Wednesday, August 31, 1955 - Colon Hamrick, Chairman, J.R. 

Webber and Gus Mcintyre 

5. December 11, 1960 -Colon Hamrick, J. R. Webber, Gus Mc- 

intyre, Z. V. Cline, Jr. and Wilson Big- 
gerstaff. 

6. September, 1966 - Colon Hamrick, Chairman, J. R. Webber, 

Gus Mcintyre, Maynard Ledford and Buren 
Peeler. 

3. Building Fund Promotion Committee 

1. September 10, 1967 - Colon Hamrick, Roscoe Patterson, Mrs. 

Gene Webber, Mrs. Z. V. Cline, Jr. and 
Maynard Ledford were elected by the 
church to serve on this committee. 

2. November 5, 1967 - Held first meeting and Roscoe Patterson 

was elected chairman and Mrs. Z. V. 
Cline, Jr. was elected secretary. 

4. Pulpit Committees 

1 . November 20, 1949 - Howard Strickland, J. R. Webber, re- 

placed Mrs. J. R. Webber, Mrs. Claude 
Jones, Jr. 

2. April 24, 1955 - Colon Hamrick, Chairman, H. K. Roberts, 

Howard Strickland, Mrs. Z. V. Cline, Jr. 
and Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 

110 



3. February 9, 1958 - Colon Hamrick, Chairman, Claude Jones, 

Jr., Gus Mclntyre, Garland Clary and Mrs. 
Z. V. Cline,Jr 

4. July 22, 1962 - Colon Hamrick, Gus Mclntyre, Mrs. J. R. Web- 

ber, Mrs. Z. V. Cline, Jr. and A. 0. Pribble 

5. March 21, 1965 - Colon Hamrick, A. 0. Pribble, Buren Peeler, 

Mrs. J. R. Webber and Mrs. Joe Bolin 

6. April 30, 1972 - Colon Hamrick, Maynard Ledford, Mrs. J. R. 

Webber, Mrs. Jack Lane, Edgar Passmore and 
alternates Mrs. D. P. Smith, Jr. and Jerry 
Smith. 

Historical Committee 

August 3, 1969 - Mrs. Gus Mclntyre, Chairman, Mrs. J. R. Webber 
and Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 

Minister of Music Committee 

February, 1972 - Colon Hamrick, Chairman, Edgar Passmore, Mrs. 
David Mellon, and Mrs. David Perry Smith, Jr. 



111 



Messengers from Putnam Memorial Baptist Church attending the 
Kings Mountain Baptist Associational meetings each year. The pas- 
tors of the church are always messengers. 



Date Elected 
by the Church 

October 16, 1349 - 

September 24, 1950 - 
September 30, 1951 - 
September, 1952 - 

September 27, 1953 - 

September 26, 1954 - 
September, 1955 - 
September 39, 1956 - 

September 22, 1957 - 

September 28, 1958 - 



Messengers 

Mrs. Howard Strickland, Mrs. J. R. Webber 
and Leonard McSwain 

Claude Jones, Sr., J. R. Webber, Howard 
Strickland and Mrs. Lawrence Roberts 

Mrs. Lawrence Roberts, Mrs. J. R. Webber, 
Claude Jones, Sr. and Edgar Passmore 

Mrs. J. R. Webber, Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr., 
Mrs. Z. V. Cline, Jr. and Rev. Lawrence Ro- 
berts 

Mrs. Lawrence Roberts, Mrs. J. R. Webber, 
B. V. Mclntyre and alternate, Claude Jones, 
Jr. 

B. V. Mclntyre, Colon Hamrick, Mrs. Claude 
Jones, Jr. and alternate, Mrs. J. R. Webbes 



B. V. Mclntyre, Mrs. Gus Mclntyre and Mrs 
Edgar Passmore 

Colon Hamrick, Mrs. Z. V. Cline, Jr., B. V 
Mclntyre and alternate, Mrs. Claude Jones 
Jr. 

Mr. & Mrs. B. V. Mclntyre, Mrs. J. R. Web 
ber, Mrs. Edgar Passmore and Mrs. Clauds 
Jones, Jr. 

Mr. & Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr., B. V. Mclntyre 
and Mrs. J. R. Webber 



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September, 1959 



Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr., Mrs. Wilson Bigger- 
staff, Mrs. Richard Spencer and alternate, 
Mrs, Z. V. Cline, Jr. 



October 2, 1960 



Rev. & Mrs. Richard Spencer, Mrs. J. R. 
Webber, Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr., Mrs. Man- 
ning Honeycutt, B. V. Mclntyre and Mrs. 
Joe Bolin 



October 1, 1961 - 



Mr. & Mrs. B. V. Mclntyre, Mrs. Manning 
Honeycutt, Mrs. Fred Lynn, Mrs. Richard 
Spencer and alternates, Mrs. Edgar Passmore 
and Mrs. Roy Pruitt 



October 7, 1962 - 



Mrs. Fred Lynn, Mrs. Edgar Passmore, Mrs. 
Jack Lane, B. V. Mclntyre and Dr. Donald 
Moore 



September 6, 1963 - 



Mrs. Manning Honeycutt, Mrs. A. D. Hol- 
land, B. V. Mclntyre and alternates, Mrs. 
Edgar Passmore and Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr., 



October 4, 1964 



Mrs. George Dowd, Mrs. J. P. Simpson, Mrs. 
Howard Strickland and alternates, Mrs. Fred 
Lynn and Mrs. J. R. Webber 



September 26, 1965 



October 5, 1966 



Mrs. Fred Lynn, Mrs. Jack Lane, Mrs. J. R. 
Webber, Mrs. Gene Webber, Mrs. A. D. Hol- 
land and Mrs. Manning Honeycutt 



Mrs. Fred Lynn, Mrs. J. R.Webber, Mrs. Gus 
Mclntyre, Mrs. Jack Lane and alternate - 
Mrs. Colon Hamrick and Mrs. Claude Jones, 
Jr. 



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September 6, 1967 



Mrs. Fred Lynn, Mrs. J. R. Webber, Mrs. 
Gus Mclntyre, Mrs. Jack Lane and alter- 
nates, Mrs. Colon Hamrick and Mrs. Claude 
Jones, Jr. 



September, 1968 



Mrs. Harold Threatt, Mrs. Jack Lane, Mrs. 
Fred Lynn, Mrs. J. R. Webber, Mrs. Gus 
Mclntyre, Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr., Mr. & 
Mrs. Edgar Passmore, Mrs. Roy Howard, 
Mrs. Colon Hamrick and Miss Judy Mode 



October 5, 1969 - 

October, 1970 - 
September 26, 1971 

October 8, 1972 - 



Mrs. Fred Lynn, Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr., Jer 
ry Lankford, Edgar Passmore, Mrs. Colon 
Hamrick and Maynard Ledford 



Rev. Harold Threatt, Edgar Passmore 



Mrs. J. R. Webber, Mrs. Fred Lynn, Mrs 
Colon Hamrick and Mrs. Jack Lane 



Mrs. J. R. Webber, Mrs. Jack Lane, Mrs 
Claude Jones, Jr. and alternates, Mrs. Color 
Hamrick and Mrs. Fred Lynn 



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GENERAL BOARD MEMBERS 



During the year, the General Board of the Kings Mountain Bap- 
ist Association meets regularly to promote the kingdom work among 
le churches. 

The following are a list of the members who have represented Put- 
am Memorial Church at these General Board meetings through the 



Year Members 

1949 Leonard McSwain and Mrs. Howard Strickland 

1950 Mrs. J. R. Webber and Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 

1951 Mrs. Lawrence Roberts and Mrs. Fred Lynn 

1952 Mrs. Lawrence Roberts and Mrs. Fred Lynn 

1953 Edgar Passmore and B. V. Mclntyre 

1954 Edgar Passmore and B. V. Mclntyre 

1955 Edgar Passmore and B. V. Mclntyre 

1956 B. V. Mclntyre and Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 

1957 Mrs. Jay Ward and Mrs. Joe T. Whitworth 

1958 Mrs. J. R. Webber, Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. and 
B. V. Mclntyre 

1959 Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. and Mrs. J. R. Webber 

1960 Mrs. Edgar Passmore and Mrs. J. R. Webber 

1961 Mrs. Edgar Passmore and Mrs. J. R. Webber 

1962 Mrs. J. R. Webber and Mrs. Colon Hamrick 

1963 Mrs. J. R. Webber and Mrs. Fred Lynn 

1964 Mrs. Fred Lynn and Mrs. J. R. Webber 

1965 Mrs. Fred Lynn and Mrs. J. R. Webber 

1966 Mrs. J. R. Webber and Mrs. Jack Lane 

1967 Mrs. Jack Lane and Mrs. J. R. Webber 

1968 Mrs. Jack Lane and Mrs. J. R. Webber 

1969 Mrs. J. R. Webber and Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 

1970 Mrs. J. R. Webber and Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 

1971 Mrs. J. R. Webber and Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 

1972 Mrs. J. R. Webber and Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 



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REVIVALS IN PUTNAM MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH 
1949 - 1972 

"Wilt Thou not revive us again: That Thy people may rejoice i 
Thee?" Psalm 85:6. 



1. March 19, 1950 - Rev. Lawrence Roberts, pastor, delivered the 
messages. There was an addition of 20 to the church membership roll 

2. September 10-17, 1950 - Rev. E. T. Baker delivered the messages 
Four joined the church by baptism. Rev. Lawrence Roberts was the 
pastor. 

3. March 25, 1951 - Rev. Lawrence Roberts, pastor, delivered the 
messages. Nine joined the church. 

4. August 25, 1952 - Rev. T. W. Bray delivered the messages. Eighi 
joined the church, 5 by letter, 3 by baptism. Rev. Lawrence Robert! 
was the pastor. 

5. April 12, 1953 - Rev. W. D. Robertson (now a Southern Baptist 
Missionary in Vietnam) delivered the messages. Three joined the 
church, 1 by letter and 2 by baptism. Rev. Lawrence Roberts was the 
pastor. 



6. Spring, 1956 - Rev. Franklin Monroe delivered the messages 
Rev. Joe T. Whitworth was the pastor. 

7. March 24, 1958 - Rev. Coy Dellinger delivered the messages. Rev, 
William Shytle was interim pastor. 

8. March 16-22, 1959 - Rev. Hoyle Alexander delivered the mes 
sages. Rev. Richard !M. Spencer was the pastor. 



9. September 6, 1959 - Rev. James Holder delivered the messages 
Rev. Richard N. Spencer was the pastor. 



10. March 20 - 26, 1960 - Rev. W. V. Tarlton delivered the messages 
Two joined the church by baptism. Rev. Richard N Spencer was the 
pastor. 

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11. August 28 - September 4, 1960 - Rev. Richard l\l. Spencer, pas- 
tor, delivered the messages. Four joined the church, 2 by letter and 
I by baptism. 



12. March 26 • April 1, 1961 - Rev. Norman Brown delivered the mes- 
ages. Twelve joined the church, 1 by letter and 11 by baptism. Rev. 
Richard l\l. Spencer was the pastor. 

I 3. September 24-30, 1961 - Rev. James Stamey delivered the mes- 
ages. Rev. Richard l\l. Spencer was the pastor. 

14. April 15 - 22, 1962 - Rev. Don Callahan delivered the messages, 
lev. Richard l\l. Spencer was the pastor. 

5. May 19 - 25, 1963 - Dr. Donald Moore delivered the messages, 
e had just left Putnam Church as Interim Pastor. Rev. George W. 
owd was the pastor. 

15. April 12 - 19, 1964 - Rev. B. L. Kincaid delivered the messages 
'i the 12th through the 17th. Rev. C. 0. Greene delivered the mes- 

ges on the 18th and 19th. Seven joined the church, 6 by baptism and 
^by letter. Rev. George W. Dowd was pastor. 

J f . October 11 - 18, 1962 - Rev. Fred Crisp delivered the messages, 
ne came by baptism. Rev. George W. Dowd was the pastor. 

I. May 1 - 8, 1966 - Rev. Harold L. Threatt, pastor, delivered the 

essages. 
I 

. October 8 - 15, 1967 - Rev. Russell Fitts delivered the messages. 

. Bob Lamb was Music Director. Rev. Harold L Threatt was the 
,stor. 

. Wednesday, April 17 - Sunday, April 21, 1968 - A youth led re- 
Jal. Rev. Harold L. Threatt was the pastor. 

August 18 - 25, 1968 - Rev. Charles Rayburo delivered the mes- 
es. On Friday night, August 16, before the revival began the church 

I iducted, for the first time, an all night prayer vigil. The prayer vigil 
lan Friday at 6:00 P.M. and continued through Saturday until 6:00 

II On Tuesday through Thursday of the revival, morning services 
| r re held in the church in addition to the services held at night. Rev 

1 rold L. Threatt was the pastor. 

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22. April 6 - 13, 1969 - "A Crusade of the Americas" revival was held 
with the pastor, Rev. Harold L. Threatt, delivering the messages. Mr. 
Ronnie Winegard served as Minister of Music and Mitchell Humphries 
played the piano. Ronnie and Mitchell belonged to the same Baptist 
Church in Greenville, South Carolina. 

23. October 15 - 19, 1969 - A Layman led revival was held in the 
church. Rev. Harold L. Threatt was the pastor. 

24. November 9-15, 1970 - Rev. Richard l\l. Spencer delivered the 
messages. Rev. Harold L. Threatt was the pastor. 

25. September of 1972 - Rev. Mike Minnix delivered the messages. 
There were three additions to the church, two by letter and one by 
baptism. Or. Vann Murrell was interim pastor. 



The two weeks tent revival meeting that began June 5, 1949, on 
the Roland Gantt property south of the church was not listed in the 
above since it was held before the church was organized. The detail 
of that revival are found in Chapter 1. 

Revivals were held as follows on which no records could be found 
except those listed in the Kings Mountain Baptist Associational min 
utes: 



In 1954 - two revivals 
In 1955 - two revivals 
In 1957 - two revivals 
In 1965 - one revival 



In 1969 a youth led revival was held but the exact date of thi: 
could not be found. 

A total of 34 revivals have been held in Putnam Memorial Baptis 
Church over the past 23 years. 






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MRS. 

MARY 

HARDIN 
ii MclNTYRE 

At the age of 84 Mrs. Mclntyre 
s the oldest active woman in Put- 
lam Memorial Church. She was 
lorn April 5, 1889. Her parents 
We Joshua Agustus and Heathern 
■lamrick Hardin. 

Atthe age of 12, she joined Sul- 

iher Springs United Methodist 
Church. On February 16, 1910, 
Line married Broady Veronia Mcln- 

yre. Of this union 10 children were born all of whom still survive. 
Jr. Mclntyre passed away March 15, 1964. Mrs. Mclntyre has 17 

randchildren and 10 great grandchildren. 

During a revival meeting in March of 1951, Mr. and Mrs. Mclntyre 
nd their son Gus, joined Putnam Memorial Baptist Church. Mrs. 
t/lclntyre and Gus were baptized at Calvary Baptist Church on May 
!, 1951, since there was no Baptistry at Putnam Memorial at that time. 

Mrs. Mclntyre is an active member of the Adult Ladies Sunday 
Ichool Class in the church. 




121 



MR. and MRS. 

FENNEL PATTERSON 



At the age of 66, Mr. Fennel 
Patterson is the oldest male mem- 
ber of Putnam Memorial Baptist 
Church. He was born April 7, 
1907, in Cleveland County. His pa- 
rents were John and Fannie Wilson 
Patterson. On Sept. 12, 1925, he 
married Miss Mattie Helen Blanton. 
Of this union, five children were 
born; four of whom still survive: 
Mrs. Lucille Heffner, Roscoe, Mrs. 




Faye Hudson and Ben. He has 



twelve grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 



Mr. Patterson joined Putnam Memorial Church on April 30, 1950. 
His entire family lives in Cleveland County and are members of Put- 
nam Memorial also. Mrs. Patterson, Roscoe and Faye are charter mem 
bers of the church. 



Mr. Patterson has ten years of Sunday School pins for perfed 
attendance. He is a member of the Adult Men's Sunday School Class 
Mrs. Patterson is a member of the Adult Ladies Sunday School Class 



122 



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123 



Donations of Time, Money and Possessions 

to further the Lord's Work 

through Putnam Memorial Church 

1 . November 7, 1 949 - Cotton pickers: 

A cotton patch, belonging to Mr. Yates Kendricks and white unto 
harvest, was on the lot that the church had bought from Mr. Roland 
Gantt to build a temporary church building upon. On Nov. 7, 1949, 
the following people picked the cotton and donated the money they 
were paid for picking it to the lot fund: 



( 1) 


Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 


( 8) 


Miss Ella Lipscomb 


( 2) 


Mrs. J. R. Webber 


( 9) 


Rev. Lewis Ludlum 


( 3) 


Mrs. V. B. Crawford 


(10) 


Jimmy Webber 


( 4) 


Mrs. Howard Strickland 


(11) 


James Strickland 


( 5) 


Mrs. Colon Hamrick 


(12) 


Marvin Strickland 


{ 6) 


Mr. Gene Martin 


(13) 


Roscoe Patterson 


( 7) 


Mrs. Gene Martin 


(14) 


Donald Hamrick 




(15) Mike 


Passmore 





2. January 28, 1951 - The church voted to buy a communion set cost 
ing $48.00 with donations from the following people: 

( 1) Mrs. J. C. Bowling 

( 2) Mrs. Mildred Smart 

( 3) Paul Webb 

( 4) Max Francis 

( 5) Mrs. Lawrence Weathers 

( 6) Worth J. Branton 

3. Spring of 1952 - Mr. Claude Jones, Sr. built a baptistry and donated 
it to the church. 

4. Spring of 1952 - Mrs. Grady Humphries drew the baptismal seen 
and donated it to the church. 

5. June 29, 1952 - At about the time Putnam Memorial Church held 
its first services in the north end of the educational building, Eliza- 
beth Church donated the present pulpit chairs and a lectern to the 
church. This pulpit furniture had originally been owned by the Firs' | 
Baptist Church in Shelbv. 

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Sept. 1957 - Elizabeth School donated 37 small plates and the 
izabeth Home Demonstration Club donated 13 cups and 18 large 
ates for the kitchen in Putnam Memorial Church. 

April 3, 1960 - Mr. and Mrs. Z. V. Cline, Jr. donated a lot (100 
200 feet) to the church for a parsonage to be built upon. 
i 

i April 5, 1964 • Mr. and Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. donated a piano 
, the church. 

May 18, 1969 - Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Allen of Charlotte, N. C. 

nated an oraan to the church. 

i 

. Offering plates - Putnam Memorial's first offering plates were 
ide by the Junior and Intermediate boys in Vacation Bible School 
June of 1950. They were square wooden plates with velvet covering 
e bottoms. 



Mr. Claude Jones, Jr. made the second ones. They were round 
oden ones with velvet in the bottoms also. 

i 
The third ones were donated to the church by the W.M.U. They 

re round aluminum ones with velvet in the bottoms. 

Two ot the present ones, also aluminum with velvet in the bottoms, 
re donated to the church by the Greene family in memory of Mr. 
ink A. Greene. 



The Devine family bought two more aluminum ones with velvet 
ttoms to match the above two and donated them to the church in 
mory of Mr. Max Devine. 



On Nov. 19, 1972, the Building Fund Promotion Committee re- 

imended to the church that to help defray the expense of the new 

ctuary that if anyone wanted to buy light fixtures, windows, pews 

I make a donation of $25.00 or more on the carpet, their names 

hid be put on plaques and placed in the vestibule of the newSanc- 

t ry. The following is a list of those donations: 

125 



Windows ($75.00 each) 



1. 


Mrs. Pearl B. Cline 


2. 


Mrs. Joe Bolin 


3. 


Mr. & Mrs. Gus Mclntyre, Deborah & Terry 


4. 


Mr. & Mrs. Fennel Patterson 


5. 


Jones Bible Class 


6. 


Mr. & Mrs. Henry Braswell 


7. 


in memory of Claude Jones, Sr. 




by children's family 


8. 


Jack Hughes' family in memory of Jack, 




Jerry and Butch Hughes 


9. 


Mr. & Mrs. Jack J. Lane 


10. 


Tracy Johnson 


11. 


Allyson Johnson 



Carpet ($25.00 donations to go on total cost of carpet) 

1. Mrs. Pearl B. Cline 

2. Mr. & Mrs. Fennel Patterson 

3. Mr. Edgar Passmore 

4. Mrs. Edgar Passmore 

5. Mr. & Mrs. A. D.Holland 

6. Mr. & Mrs. Henry Braswell 

7. Mr. John Deaton 

8. Mrs. John Deaton 
9 Keith Lane 

10. Mr. & Mrs. Clevus Mull 

11. Deborah Mclntyre 

12. Terry Mclntyre 



Light Fixtures ($150.00 each) 

1 . Mr. & Mrs. Buren Peeler - 2 lights 

2. Nancy Cline -1 light 

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Pews ($200.00) 

1. Mr. & Mrs. Maynard Ledford - 1 pew 

2. Mr. & Mrs. Colon E. Hamrick - 5 pews 

3. Mr. & Mrs. Jack J. Lane - 2 pews 

4. Mr. & Mrs. J. R. Webber - 1 pew 

5. Mr. & Mrs. Odell Humphries - 1 pew 

6. Mr. & Mrs. Henry Braswell - 1 pew 

7. Mr. & Mrs. Delmar Anthony - 1 pew 

8. Mr. & Mrs. Keith Anthony - 1 pew 

9. Mrs. Mary H. Mclntyre - 1 pew 

10. Mr. & Mrs. D.P.Smith, Jr. -1 pew 

11. B, V. Mclntyre's children in memory of 
Mr. B. V. Mclntyre- 1 pew 

12. Don Melton - 1 pew 

13. Mr. & Mrs. Gary Johnson - 1 pew 

14. Mr. & Mrs. Gene Webber - 1 pew 

1 5. Mr. & Mrs. J. R. Cline in memory of 
Leoia B. Ciine - 1 pew 

16. Mr. & Mrs. Gus Mclntyre -1 pew 



12. The clock in the new Sanctuary was donated by Mr. & Mrs. J. R. 
Webber. 



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THE SUNDAY SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 

1. Sunday School 

"And all thy children shall he taught of the Lord; and great shall be 
the peace of thy children." Isaiah 54:13. 

The Bible is the textbook of the Sunday School and a basic task 
of the Sunday School is reaching persons for Bible Study. 

Probably more people are reached for the Lord through the Sunday 
School Program of a church than through any other organization. 

Putnam Memorial Sunday School was organized before Putnam 
Memorial Baptist Church was and the organization came about in this 
way: 

On June 5-19, 1949 the Mission Planning Committee of the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association sponsored a two weeks tent revival meet- 
ing on the Roland Gantt property south of the present church building. 

Attendance was good and the people showed an interest in starting 
a Sunday School and a Vacation Bible School. 

On July 7, 1949 a committee composed of Rev. Lewis Ludlum, 
Rev. T. W. Fogleman, Mr. Leonard McSwain, Mr. Claude Jones, Sr. 
Mrs. Pearl B. Cline, Mrs. Leola B. Cline, Mrs. V. B. Crawford and Mrs. 
J. R. Webber met to decide on having a Sunday School. 

On July 10, 1949 a Sunday School was organized in the tent with 
the 33 people present becoming the first members. It must have been 
at this time that Leonard McSwain was elected superintendant and Mrs. 
J. R. Webber secretary and treasurer. 

On July 12, 1949 a nominating committee composed of J. R. Web 
ber, Leonard McSwain, Claude Jones, Sr., Howard Strickland and Mii- 
ton Hawkins was appointed to elect the rest of the Sunday School of- 
ficers and teachers. A list of these officers and teachers could not b( 
found. 

On September 4, 1949 this Sunday School was named Putnam Me; 
morial after Rev. D. F. Putnam, a great worker for the Lord in thi, 
Kings Mountain Baptist Association. 

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By the end of the associational year (September 30, 1949) there 
as an enrollment of 75 in Sunday School with an average attendance 
f 54. 

I Down through the years the Sunday School has grown from 33 
embers when organized on July 10, 1949 to an enrollment of 208 
1972. 
I 

The aim of our present Sunday School is to enroll each person of 
le Baptist preference in our church community and to get them to 
tend regularly and participate in Bible Study. 

We also want to have a ministry to our shut-ins, men in the armed 

trees and college students. 

i 

We have not reached our goal as yet but we are striving onward in 
e name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 



Vacation Bible School 



' "Train up a child in the way he shouid go: and when he is old, he 
I not depart from it." Proverbs 2:15. 

i Vacation Bible School provides one of the most valuable oppor- 
lities in the church for winning children and young people to the 

r !rd. 

' Vacation Bible School provides a well rounded program of Bible 
iidy, stewardship, and missions emphasis .Baptist denominational 
ining and creative activity. 

The First Putnam Memorial Vacation Bible School was held in xne 
it before the churcn was organized. 



' Following a two weeks tent revival meeting on June 22, 1949 a 
eting was held and complete plans for a Vacation Bible School were 
de. 



I 



131 



The Vacation Bible School followed immediately with an enroll- 
ment of 60 pupils and an average attendance of 50. Miss Essie Mathesy 
and Rev. Lewis Ludlum were in charge. Mrs. Howard Strickland was 
the only woman in the community who was free to work in the V.B.S. 
Mrs. J. R. Webber made the lemonade every day and carried it to the 
tent for the children's refreshment. 

The first Bible School held in the church was in June of 1950. 
There was an enrollment of 67 and an average attendance of 56. 

Vacation Bible School has been held in Putnam Memorial Church 
every year with the only exception being in 1972 when no V. B. S. 
was held in the church. 



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THE MEMBERSHIP OF 
PUTNAM MEMORIAL SUNDAY SCHOOL 

- Mr. Colon Hamrick 
Sunday School Director 

Mr. Thomas Earls. 
Associate Sunday School Director 



- Mr. Maynard Ledford 
Outreach Director 

- Mr. A. D. Holland 
Extension Activities Director 



Sunday School General Secretaries 



Mrs. Colon Hamrick 
Miss Debby Mclntyre 
Miss Wanda Webber 
Mrs. Janie Gordon 



Adult Sunday School Director 



Mrs. Gus Mclntyre 



Pianist 

Chorister 
Assistant Chorister 



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Mrs. David Mellon 

Mr. Edgar Passmore 
- Mrs. Jack Lane 






The Adult Ladies Sunday School Class 



Mrs. 


Fred Lynn - teacher 4. Mrs. 


Thelma Watterson 


Mrs. 


Fennel Patterson 5. Mrs. 


Fairy Hamrick 


Mrs. 


B. V. Mclntyre 6. Mrs. 
7. Mrs. Harry Hudson 


Max Devine 



Young Adult Men's Sunday School Class 



. Mr. 


Henry Braswell - 


teacher 


7. 


Mr. 


Jack Rich 


. Mr. 


Keith Anthony - 


teacher 


8. 


Mr. 


D. P. Smith, Jr. 


. Mr. 


Keith Lane 




9. 


Mr. 


Darrel Honeycutt 


. Mr. 


Maynard Ledforc 




10. 


Mr. 


Paul Downs 


. Mr. 


Calvin Proctor 




11. 


Mr. 


Clevous F. Mull 


. Mr. 


David Carroll 




12. 


Mr. 


Jerry Lankford 



The Adult Men's Sunday School Class 



Mr. Edgar Passmore - teacher 

Mr. Fennel Patterson 

Mr. Max Reynolds 

Mr. Jerry Smith - associate teacher 



5. Mr. Larry Patterson 

6. Mr. Stowe Mellon 

7. Mr. Bill Bridges 



The Jones Bible Class 



Mr. Gus Mclntyre - teacher 

,Vir. A. D. Holland 

Mr. J. R. Webber 

Mr. Buren Peeler 

Mr. Wayne Bryson 

Mr. Z. V. Cline, Jr. 



7. 

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10. 
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Mr. T. D. Anthony 
Mr. Claude Jones, Jr. 
Mr. Jack Lane 
Mr. Bill Shephard 
Mr. John Deaton 



12. Mr. Alfred IManney 



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Home bound Adults 

1. Mrs. Carl Adams 

2. Mrs. Ben Johnson 

3. Mrs. Jake Street 

4. Miss Shirley Hudson 



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The Golden Circle Sunday School Class 



1. 


Mrs. 


Claude Jones, Jr., teacher 


7. 


Mrs. 


Rita Lankford 


2. 


Mrs. 


Deanna Ledford 


8. 


Mrs. 


Irene Smith 


3. 


Mrs. 


Valeria Carroll 


9. 


Mrs. 


Martha Reynold 


4. 


Mrs. 


Betty Heffner 


10. 


Mrs. 


Brenda Mellon 


5. 


Mrs. 


Mary Hamrick 


11. 


Mrs. 


Valeria Webber 


8. 


Mrs. 


Patricia Honeycutt 


12. 


Mrs. 


Betty Mull 



The Willing Workers Sunday School Class 

1. Mrs. Betty Patterson Mclntyre - teacher 

2. Mrs. Jermine Patterson 

3. Mrs. Sara Smith 

4. Mrs. Mildred Ledbetter 

5. Mrs. Barbara Parker 

6. Mrs. Peggy Strickland 

7. Mrs. Faye Hudson 

8. Mrs. Rachel Webber 

9. Mrs. Kaye Patterson 
10. Mrs. Rosa Lee Whitaker 



The Ruth Sunday School Class 

1. Mrs. A. D. Holland -teacher 

2. Mrs. Belle Biggerstaff 

3. Mrs. Florence Shephard 

4. Mrs. Wayne Bryson 

5. Mrs. Henry Braswell 

6. Mrs. J. R. Webber 

7. Mrs. Z. V. Cline, Jr. 

8. Mrs. Odell Humphries 

9. Mrs. Joe Bolin 

10. Mrs. Buren Peeler 

11. Mrs. Edgar Passmore 

12. Mrs. John Deaton 

13. Mrs. Alfred Nanney 

14. Mrs. Delmar Anthony 

15. Mrs. Jack Lane 

16. Mrs. Robert Capps 

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Youth Department 



Director 
Pianist 
Song Leader 



Mrs. Maynard Ledford 
Miss Jenene Braswell 
Miss Mary Peeler 



Youth A Girls 
Teacher - Miss Jenene Braswell 



1. Kathy Patterson 

2. Felicia Tatham 

3. Sandy Ledbetter 

4. Beverly Ledbetter 



5. Teresa Bridges 

6. Vicky Parker 

7. Andrea Davis 

8. Sylvia Cummings 



Youth A Boys 
Teacher - Mr. Tommy Earls 



David Webber 
Scott Smith 
Jimmy Jones 
Eddie Holland 
Dwayne Parker 



Youth B 
Teacher - Mrs. L. L. Strickland 



1. 


Tim Webber 


8. Cindy Creswell 


z. 


Lynn Webber 


9. Ken Allen 


3. 


Mary Peeler 


10. Jerry Jones 


1. 


Leon Smith 


11. Terry Mclntyre 


5. 


Brian Creswell 


12. Gary Patterson 


5. 


Monty Britt 


13. Connie Patterson 


7. 


Hal Patterson 






Assistant Teacher 


■ Mrs. Maynard Ledford 
Mr. Claude Jones, Jr. 



Children's Department 

Children's Sunday School Director - Mrs. J. R. Webber 

137 



Boys Class 9-11 years of age 




1. 


Mr. Roscoe Patterson 


- teacher 


2. 


Mr. D. P. Smith - teacher 


3. 


Michael Ledford 




4. 


Jeffrey Patterson 




5. 


Todd Patterson 




6. 


Jerry Holland 




7. 


Dennis Bridges 




8. 


Steven Allen 




Girls Class 9-11 years of age 




1. 


Mrs. Roy Howard - teacher 


2. 


Lou Ann Webber 




3. 


Bonnie Howard 




4. 


Terrace IManney 




5. 


Kim Carroll 




6. 


Sherry Allen 




7. 


Nancy Cline 




8. 


Joyce Hudson 





3. Boys and Girls 6-8 years of age 



1. 


Mrs. Shirley Allen - teacher 


2. 


Mrs. Joan Rambeau - teacher 


3. 


Jerry Allen 


4. 


Renee Carroll 


5. 


Sandy Hamrick 


6. 


Allyson Johnson 


7. 


Byron Mellon 


8. 


Keith Proctor 


9. 


Jackie Rich 


10. 


Paul Smith 


11. 


Michelle Rambeau 



4. Associate teachers 

1. Mrs. J. R. Webber 

2. Mr. Keith Lane 

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Pre-School Department 
Preschool Director Mrs. Charles Holland 

Nursery No. 1 

Teachers - Mrs. Rozalind Webber and Mrs. Keith Anthony 

Members - 1. Carla Hamrick 
2. Cindy Heffner 

Nursery No. 2 

Teachers - Mrs. Manning Honeycutt and Mrs. Jack Rich 

Members - 1. Rodney Ear! Honeycutt 4. Chris Webber 

2. Richie Earls 5. Angela Patterson 

3. Jena Anthony 6. Raine Lankford 

Nursery No. 3 

Teacher - Mrs. Thomas Earls 



Members - 1. Teresa Webber 

2. Brent Mellon 

3. Becky Carpenter 

4. Buddy Howard 

5. Greg Anthony 

6. Billy Ray Heffner 

7. Jennifer Reynolds 



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Teachers - Mrs. Charles Holland and Miss Wanda Patterson 

Members - 1. Thomas Honeycutt 7. Tammy Allen 

2. Crissie Earls 8. Rebecca Allen 

3. Sharon Rich 9. Mark Whitaker 

4. Amy Webber 10. Johnny Whitaker 

5. Jeffrey Reynolds 11. Tracy Johnson 

6. Tina Patterson 12. Angela Heffner 

Associate Teacher - Mrs. Joe Bolin 
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THE TRAINING UNION 



"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need- 
eth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 
2:15. 



Training Union was organized in Putnam Memorial Baptist Church 
on December 18, 1949. Mrs. J. R. Webber was elected the first Train- 
ing Union Director in the church. 



On Christmas day, December 25, 1949, the church elected the fol- 
lowing Training Union Officers: 



President 

Pianist 

Choir Leader 

Young People Counselor 

Junior Leader 

Story Hour 

Assistant Director 

Secretary and Treasurer 



Claude Jones, Sr. 
Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 
Miss Mary Catherine Jones 
Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 
Mr. Claude Jones, Jr. 
Mrs. Howard Strickland 
Mr. Leonard McSwain 
Miss Mary Catherine Jones 



In 1950 there was an enrollment of 47 in Training Union wit 
average attendance of 38. Howard Strickland was Training Unio 
rector. 



In 1972 there was an enrollment of 38 with an average attend! 
of 14. Edgar Passmore was the Director, having been elected on Au! 
13.1972. 



142 



MUSIC DEPARTMENT 



"Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching 
and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, 
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Colossians 3: 16. 

Music has played an important part in the worship services and in 
the history of Putnam Memorial Baptist Church since it was organized 
r in 1949. 



i/lusic Directors 

949 - Miss Mary Catherine Jones 

950 - Edgar Passmore 

951 - Edgar Passmore 

952 - Edgar Passmore 

953 - Edgar Passmore 

954 - Edgar Passmore 

955 - Edgar Passmore 

956 -Jack Lane 

957 - Edgar Passmore 

958 - Edgar Passmore 

959 - Edgar Passmore 

960 - November 13 - The church voted to hire Miss Tame- 

ra Cornwell on a 30 day trial basis to 
see if the financial part could be met. 
She did not remain after the 30 day 
period was up. Edgar Passmore con- 
tinued to lead singing. 

961 - Edgar Passmore 
!iiil962 - Edgar Passmore 
ftfi963 - Edgar Passmore 

964 - Jack Lane 

965 - Edgar Passmore 

966 - July - The church elected Mrs. Harold Threatt to assist 

with Junior Choir. Edgar Passmore was Adult 
Choir leader. 

967 - Edgar Passmore 

968 - Jack Lane 

969 - Rev. Harold Threatt 



143 



1970 - April 19 - The church voted to call Mrs. Stephen Mor- 

risett of Boiling Springs as part-time Minister 
of Music on a six months trial basis. 

On July 12, the church voted to buy sheet 
music for the choir. 

On November 8, Mrs. Stephen Morrisett re- 
signed her position as Minister of Music. 

Edgar Passmore again became choir director. 

1971 - May 2 - Dr. Phil Perrin came and led the music in Sun- 

day morning and Sunday evening worship ser- 
vices. 
May 9 - The church voted to call Dr. Perrin, Music Pro- 
fessor at Gardner Webb College, as Minister of Music 
in Putnam Memorial Church. He accepted and as- 
sumed his duties on May 23 at a salary of $50.00 week- 
ly. He could only stay six months, this being a rule of 
the college for its professors. When the six months 
were up, Dr. Perrin resigned. 

March - Edgar Passmore again assumed the position of 
choir director in the church. 

1972 - September 11 - The church elected Edgar Passmore to 

lead the congregational singing with Mi 
Jack Lane, Mrs. David Mellon and Mrs. 
D. P. Smith leading the choir. 



2. Pianist and Organist 



1949 - Miss Carolyn McSwain 

1950 -Mrs. John Royster 

1951 -Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 

1952 -Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 
1953 -Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 
1954 -Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 
1955 -Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 
1956 -Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 
1957 - Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 

144 



1958 - Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 
1959 -Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. 

1960 - Miss Irene Hawkins, Miss Phyllis Hamrick 

1961 - Miss Irene Hawkins, Miss Phyllis Hamrick 

1962 - Mrs. David Perry Smith, Jr., Miss Phyllis Hamrick 

1963 - Mrs. David Perry Smith, Jr., Miss Phyllis Hamrick 
1964 -Mrs. Gary Johnson 

1965 -Mrs. David Mellon 

1966 - Mrs. David Perry Smith 

1967 -Mrs. Gary Johnson 

1968 -Mrs. Gary Johnson 
1969 -Mrs. Gary Johnson 

1970 - Mrs. David Mellon, Mrs. David Perry Smith, Jr. 

1971 - Mrs. David Mellon, Mrs. David Perry Smith, Jr. 

1972 - Mrs. David Mellon, Mrs. David Perry Smith, Jr. 



Pianos and Organs 

(a) The first piano was purchased on July 10, 1949. This 
was the one used in the tent meeting. 

(b) On July 13, 1952, the church voted to buy a new piano. 

(c) April 3, 1964, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Jones donated a pi- 
ano to the church. 

(d) May 18, 1969, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Allen of Charlotte, 
i\l. C. donated an organ to the church. On Feb. 11, 
1973 the church voted to give this organ to Enon Bap- 
tist Church near Kings Creek, S. C. since Putnam Me- 
morial Church had bought a new organ and a new piano 
for the new Sanctuary. 

(e) On November 19, 1972, the church voted to buy a new 
organ and a new piano for the new Sanctuary at an esti- 
mated cost of between $6,000.00 and $8,000.00. The 
new organ and piano arrived Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1973 
and were placed in the new Sanctuary. They were used 
for the first time in a worship service on March 4, 1973 
for the "Dedication Service" for Putnam Memorial's new 
Sanctuary. 

145 



4. Hymnals 



(a) The first hymn books were donated by New Hope Bap- 
tist Church and were the Modern Hymnals. 

(b) The Broadman Hymnals were purchased by the church 
soon after occupying the north end of the Educational 
Building. 

(c) On May 14, 1961, the church voted to buy ten Baptist 
Hymnals for the choir to use. 

(d) On January 14, 1973, the church voted to buy 200 
Baptist Hymnals for use in the new Sanctuary. 



5. Choir Robes 



On January 7, 1973, the church voted to buy 25 choir robes 
to match the color decor in the new Sanctuary. 

On March 5, 1973 these choir robes came, one day after the 
dedication service had been held. 



146 



THE WOMAN'S MISSIONARY UNION 



"Labourers together with God." 1 Cor. 3:9. This is the watchword 

of Woman's Missionary Union. Members in the W. M. U. experience 

the full meaning of their watchword as they teach missions and engage 

I church members to participate in missions at home and abroad through 

praying, giving, and doing. 

In January of 1950 the women in Putnam Memorial Baptist Church 
became interested in organizing a Woman's Missionary Union. So on 
I January 29, 1 950 the church voted to buy W. M. U . literature. 

In October of 1 950 the W. M. U. was organized in the home of Mrs. 
J. R. Webber. There were 12 women present (these are listed in Chap- 
ter 2). Two of these women, Mrs. Leola B. Cline and Mrs. Pearl B. 
Cline, were helping to organize the Women's Missionary Union. The 
other ten women became the first members of Putnam Memorial 
W. M. U. Mrs. Claude Jones, Jr. was elected the first president. 

In 1972 Mrs. J. R. Webber was the W. M. U. Director with a 
'W. M. U. membership of 1 1 . The W. M. S. meetings were held the sec- 
ond Tuesday night in each month. 



SUNBEAMS 

"Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord." Psalms 127:3 

In 1951 there was a Sunbeam organization sponsored by the. 
W. M. U. in Putnam Memorial Baptist Church with 9 children en- 
rolled. Mrs. Edgar Passmore was the Sunbeam leader. 

In 1952 there was a Sunbeam enrollment of 6. Mrs. Lawrence Rob- 
erts was the leader. 

On September 13, 1953 Mrs. Z. V. Cline, Jr. was elected Sunbeam 
leader. There were 9 Sunbeams enrolled. 

Over the years there have been many Sunbeam leaders. 

In 1970 the name of Sunbeams was changed to Mission Friends. 

147 



In 1972 there were 3 Mission Friends enrolled, meeting every Wed- 
nesday night during the prayer meeting hours. 



GIRL'S AUXILIARY 

"Arise, shine; for thy light is come." Isaiah 60:1 was the G A 
watchword. 

R A's and Sunbeams were organized three years before G A's were. 
On September 13, 1953 a G A counselor was elected by the church. 
However, Girl's Auxiliary wasn't organized at that time. 

At the September 1954 General W. M. S. meeting, Mrs. Gus 
Mclntyre was elected G A counselor. 

The second week in October G A.s were organized with 5 mem- 
bers. (This meeting is found in Chapter 3). Meetings were held twice 
a month on Friday and the next meeting was held October 29, 1954. 
(Also, found in Chapter 3). This was an ungraded G A. 

Over the years there have been both junior and intermediate G A's 
and ungraded G A's with many leaders. Meetings have been held once 
a week on every day of the week. 

There has been one Presentation Service and three Coronation Ser- 
vices in which G A girls have received special recognition for their in- 
dividual achievement in their forward steps work. (Details of these 
services are found in Chapters 4 and 6). 

There were mission programs, stewardship programs, denomina- 
tional emphasis, weeks of prayer for home and foreign missions, season 
of prayer for state missions, mission study course books, community 
missions, forward steps, prayer retreats and Focus Week. 

There were Christmas Parties, Halloween parties, Thanksgiving par- 
ties, hobo parties, lemon parties, pajama parties, fudge parties, weiner 
roast, mother/daughter banquets, teas and camp. 



Perhaps this poem written by a G A girl, Peggy Hudson, says it best: 

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G A POEM 

G A is lots of fun, 

There is work and play for everyone. 

There are forward steps to pass, 

We must be good at our task. 

There is a contest until May, 

To see who will he queen of our G A's. 

From Home to Foreign Mission Fields, 

There are missionaries that we yield 

All our prayers and all our hope, 

That they may win more lost folks. 

We have Focus Week in May, 

To show what we have learned in our G A's. 

"Tell," a magazine for girls, 

Tells about missions around the world. 

Every G A is a lucky girl, 

To be part of such a swirl. 

By Peggy Hudson 
January 23, 1961. 



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In October 1970 Girl's Auxiliary underwent quite a change. Junior 
A's became Girls In Action and Intermediate G A's became Acteens. 



In 1972 there were 5 Girls in Action and 6 Acteens meeting every 
Wednesday night during the prayer meeting hour. 



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THE BROTHERHOOD ORGANIZATION 

1. The Brotherhood 

"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, 
that ye should go and bring forth fruit." John 15:16. 

The Brotherhood provides missionary education for the men, the 
young men and the boys of the church. 

There is no record of a Brotherhood in Putnam Memorial Baptist 
Church until 1956 when Colon Hamrick was elected President. At 
that time there were 17 men enrolled and 8 R.A. boys making a total 
Brotherhood enrollment of 27. 

In 1972 the Brotherhood met every third Sunday morning in the 
month to enjoy breakfast together, and to have their meeting. There 
was an enrollment of 13 men and 16 R.A. boys making the total 
Brotherhood enrollment 29 in 1972. 

2. Royal Ambassadors 

"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ." 2 Corinthians 5:20A. 

Royal Ambassadors was an organization of the Woman's Missionary 
Union in 1949 when Putnam Memorial Baptist Church was organized. 

In 1951 there was a Royal Ambassador in the church with 6 mem- 
bers but the name of the leader could not be found. 

In 1 952 the R.A. enrollment had grown to 1 1 . Mrs. Catherine Lew- 
is was their leader. 

On September 13, 1953, the church elected Edgar Passmore to 
serve as R.A. leader. There was an enrollment of 8. 

In 1954 there were 9 boys enrolled in R.A.'s at Putnam Memorial 
Baptist Church. 

The Brotherhood took over the responsibility and pleasure of spon- 
soring the R.A.'s throughout the churches in the Southern Baptist 
Convention in 1955. 



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However, the W.M.U. continued to sponsor the 9 R.A. boys in 
'utnarn Memorial Baptist Church until a Brotherhood was organized 
n 1956. At this time Howard Clary was elected R. A. counselor. 

In 1971 there were 16 R. A. boys. The R. A.'s entered the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Associational Basketball league and won the Good 
Sportsmanship Trophy. 

There were 16 R. A. boys in 1972 and they won the Good Sports- 
manship Trophy again. 

The counselors for 1972 were Keith Anthony and Roscoe Patter- 
ion. The meetings were held every Wednesday night during the prayer 
neeting hour. 



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BROTHERHOOD WORK 



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1954 




1956 


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Colon Hamrick 


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1960 


Colon Hamrick 


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Edgar Passmore 


1962 


Edgar Passmore 


1963 


Buren Peeler 


1964 


Buren Peeler 


1965 


A. 0. Pribble 


1966 


Colon Hamrick 


1967 


Buren Peeler 


1968 


Charles Roberts 


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David Carroll 


1970 


Edgar Passmore 


1971 


Edgar Passmore 


1972 


Edgar Passmore 



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Howard Clary 


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J. D. Kelly 


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J. D. Kelly 


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Howard Clary 


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Roscoe Patterson 


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Roscoe Patterson 


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Roscoe Patterson 


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Keith Anthony 


12 


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Roscoe Patterson 
Keith Anthony 


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13 


Roscoe Patterson 
Keith Anthony 


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YOUTH FELLOWSHIP 

"A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance." - Pro. 15:1 3A. 

On April 6, 1966, the church voted to sponsor a Junior and a 
Senior Fellowship for the young people in Putnam Memorial Church. 

On May 11, 1966, the church voted to take a special offering 
through the Sunday School to buy the following equipment for the 
■ Junior and Senior Fellowships and also to be used by the other youth 
organizations in the church: 

Three balls and bats $13.50 

Shuffleboard set -$14.98 

Ping pong set - $56.00 

1. Senior Fellowship 

On April 6, 1966, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Webber were elected to serve 
I as Senior Fellowship sponsors. 
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At the first meeting, Dennis Roberts was elected president and 
i Tamara Lane was elected secretary and treasurer. 
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On October 11, 1966, the Senior Fellowship met at the parsonage 
with everyone dressed as hobos. Prizes were awarded to Rev. and 
Mrs. Harold Threatt for being the best dressed, games were played and 
a pinto bean supper was enjoyed by the 13 members present. They 
planned their meetings for every second Thursday in the month. 



On November 11, 1966, a Pilgrim party followed by a meeting was 
held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Weober. Kentucky fried 
] chicken was enjoyed by the 5 members present. 

P On December 22, 1966, a Christmas party was held in the base- 
? ment of the parsonage. 

) In January, 1967, a candy party was enjoyed in the home of Mr. 
and Mrs. Gene Webber. 

On October 4, 1967, the church voted to finance the Senior Fel- 
lowship not to exceed $5.00 a month. 



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2. Junior Fellowship 

Sometime between April 6 and October 1, 1966, Mr. & Mrs. Gary 
Johnson were elected Junior Fellowship sponsors. 

On October 29, 1966, the Junior Fellowship held its first meeting 
with 10 present. They planned to hold their meetings every third Fri- 
day in the month. 

On December 30, 1966, a New Years party was held in the base- 
ment of the parsonage with 11 members present. Hot dogs were 
roasted over the open fire in the fireplace and games were played. A 
devotional was given by Debby Mclntyre. 

On October 4, 1967, the church voted to finance the Junior Fel- 
lowship not to exceed $5.00 a month. 

3. Combined Fellowships 

Sometime after 1969, the Junior and Senior Fellowship combined. 
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Haynes were elected youth fellowship sponsors. 

Over the years, there have been candy sales, cake sales and car 
washes to provide money for vacations at the beach and trips to "Six 
Flags." 

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Smith have been youth fellowship sponsors for 
the last two years. There was a total enrollment of 19 in 1972. 



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PUTNAM MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH MEMBERS 
UNITED IN MARRIAGE IN THE CHURCH 



"For this cause shall a man leave father and mother and shall 

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leave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh. 

"Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What there- 
jre God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." Matt. 19: 5-6 



1. On June 30, 1957, Miss Juanita Lowrance and Forrest Gold 
Hardin were united in marriage by Rev. Joe T. Whitworth. This 
was the first wedding in the church and the first marriage per- 
formed by Rev. Joe T. Whitworth. 

2. On December 24, 1961, Miss Docia Irene Hawkins and Da- 
vid Perry Smith, Jr. were united in marriage by Rev. Richard N. 
Spencer. 

3. On June 29, 1963, Miss Betty Jane Cline and Jack Rich 
were united in marriage by Rev. George W. Dowd. 

4. On September 20, 1963, Miss Mary Nell Adams and Jerry 
Hamrick were united in marriage by Rev. George W. Dowd. 

5. On June 28, 1964, Miss Rita Joy Nanney and Jerry Woodie 
Lankford were united in marriage by Rev. George W. Dowd. 



6. On December 3, 1967, Miss Nancy Ruth Strickland and Joe 
Reed Kendrick were united in marriage by Rev. Harold L. Threatt. 

7. On October 12, 1969, Miss Linda Sue Hudson and Thomas 
Byard Smith were united in marriage by Rev. Harold L. Threatt. 

8. On August 2, 1970, Miss Tamara Ann Lane and Michael 
David Valentine were united in marriage by Rev. Harold L. Threatt. 



9. On September 25, 1971, Miss Myra Davis and Carl Ray 
Adams were united in marriage by Rev. Harold L. Threatt. 



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10. On April 8, 1972, Miss Pamela Jane Devine and Thomas 
Joseph Justice were united in marriage by Rev. Harold L. Threat!. 

11. On March 2, 1973, Miss Elizabeth Jane Allen and Datus 
CoJe Gordon were united in marriage by Dr. M. Vann Murrell. 
This was the first wedding performed in the new sanctuary of the 
church. 

PUTNAM MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH MEMBERS 
UNITED IN MARRIAGE IN THE PASTOR'S HOMES 

1. On March 17, 1951, Miss Alice Jermine Melton and Roscoe 
Charles Patterson were united in marriage by Rev. Lawrence Roberts 
in his home. 

2. On June 30, 1951, Miss Betty Lou Patterson and Gus Hardin 
Mclntyre were united in marriage by Rev. Lawrence Roberts in his 
home. 

3. On December 24, 1960, Miss Hilda Lucille Pruettand Kenneth 
Edward Fortenberry were united in marriage by Rev. Richard N. Spen- 
cer in his home. 

4. On December 1, 1967, Miss Betty Louise Braswell and Fred- 
erick Clevus Mull were united in marriage by Rev. Harold L. Threatt 
in the church parsonage. 

5. On December 2, 1967, Miss Judy Ann Bryson and Melvin Helms 
were united in marriage by Rev. Harold L. Threatt in the church par- 
sonage. 

6. On December 8, 1967, Miss Wilma Louise Brown and Ronald 
Gene Hamrick were united in marriage by Rev. Harold L. Threatt in the 
church parsonage. 

7. On March 17, 1968, Miss Judith Leola Howard and Robert 
Dean Carpenter were united in marriage by Rev. Harold L. Threatt in 
the church parsonage. 



8. On December 26, 1969, Miss Connie Lynn Goforth and Stan- 
ley Vernon Whitaker were united in marriage by Rev. Harold L. Threatt 
in the church parsonage. 

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The young men who entered a branch of the Armed Forces of the 
United States of America from among the membership of Putnam 
Memorial Church. 

1. Roscoe Charles Patterson entered the Army January 22, 1952 and 
was discharged January 21, 1954. 

2. Sergeant James Harold Melton entered the Air Force in June of 
1954 and will be eligible to retire in July of 1973. 

3. Jerry Lee Hughes entered the Air Force August 5, 1955 and was 
discharged June 3, 1959. 

4. Thomas Ray Strickland entered the Army Engineers on September 
25, 1955 and was discharged September 19, 1958. 

5. Robert Vernon Parker entered the Army January 13, 1958 and 
was discharged December 22, 1959. 

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6. Richard D. Clary entered the Army in August of 1958 and was 
discharged in August of 1961. 

7 Clyde Quitmon Adams entered the army December 8, 1958 and 
was discharged January 31, 1962. 

8. Michael Stanford Passmore entered the Marine Corps November 
12, 1960 and was discharged in November of 1964. 

9. Thomas Byrant Clary entered the Navy March 18, 1961 and was 
discharged June 16, 1964. 

10. C. B. Clary, Jr. entered the Navy August 29, 1962 and was dis- 
charged June 1, 1966. 

11. Jack Rich entered the National Guards in August of 1963 and 
was discharged in May of 1969. 

12. Ronald J. Bolin entered the Army May 20, 1966 and was dis- 
charged May 3, 1968. 

13. George Wilson Biggerstaff, Jr. entered the Army May 23, 1966 
and was discharged February 3, 1972. 



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14. Thomas Byard Smith entered the Army August 1, 1966 and was 
discharged August 1, 1968. 

15. Richard Darrel Honeycutt entered the Marine Corps in August of 
1966 and was discharged October 22, 1968. 

16. Robert Dean Carpenter entered the Marine Corps January 6, 1969 
and was discharged in July of 1970. 

17. Carl Wayne Clary entered the Army June 16, 1969 and was dis- 
charged January 21, 1971. 

18. Charles Warren Goforth entered the Marine Corps July 18, 1969 
and was discharged June 4, 1971. 

19. Carl Ray Adams entered the Army September 15, 1969 and was 
discharged June 15, 1971. 

20. Garland Lee Clary, Jr. entered the Marine Corps September 22, 
1969 and was discharged August 27, 1971. 

21. Robert Seism entered the National Guard in February of 1970 
and his enlistment will end in February of 1976. 

22. Sergeant Larry E. Simpson entered the Air Force July 20, 1970 
and will be discharged in 1974. 

23. Specialist 5 James Lester Bowen entered the Army January 26, 
1971 and is due to be discharged in 1974. 



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Those of the membership who are studying in Institutions of higher 
education. 



1. Wanda Jean Patterson 
In Training for a medical secretary at Cleveland County Technical 

g Institute, Shelby, N. C. 

2. Donna Faye Hudson 

, ; In Dental Hygiene training at Central Piedmont Community Col- 
lege, Charlotte, IM. C. 

3. Thomas G. Earls 

Electrical Installation and Maintenance course at Cleveland County 
Technical Institute, Shelby, IM. C. 

4. Joan Rambeau 

Executive Secretarial Course at Cleveland County Technical Insti- 
tute, Shelby, IM. C. 



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IIM MEMORIAM 

In Job 1: 21 B we read, "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken 
away; blessed be the name of the Lord." 

Again in Romans 6: 23 we read, "The gift of God is eternal life 
Through Jesus Christ our Lord." 

And in Revelations 14: 13 we read, "And I heard a voice from 
heaven saying unto me, "Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the 
Lord from henceforth; Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from 
their labors; and their works do follow them." 

Friends, we come now to pay honor and respect to our loved ones 
who have gone home to be with the Lord. 

These our friends sleepeth: 

1. August 6, 1951 - Michael Eugene Tompkins 

(6 month old son of Hugh M. and 
Ruby Jenkins Tompkins) 

2. March 16, 1952 - Mr. S. T. Putnam (deacon) 

3. August 25, 1956 - Mr. George C. Raines 

4. February 18, 1960 - Mr. Mozon (Hap) Heffner 

5. July 4, 1960 - Mr. H. K. Roberts (deacon) 

6. November 22, 1960 - Janet Susan Patterson 

(10 month old daughter of Ben 
H. and Patsy Hughes Patterson) 

7. September 4, 1961 - Charles Mark Pruitt 

(10 month old son of Roy and 
Shirley Clary Pruitt) 

8. May 27, 1962 -Mr. Jerry Hughes 

9. August 16, 1962 -Mr. Ben Johnson 

1 0. March 26, 1 963 - Mr. Wilbert Brown 

11. May 20, 1963 -Mr. Donald Hamrick 

1 2. Mar .h 1 5, 1 964 - Mr. Broadus V. Mclntyre 

(deacon and honorary deacon) 

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13. October 9, 1964 -Mr. H. N. Hoyle 

14. November 27, 1964 - Mr. Claude A. Jones, Sr. 

(deacon, honorary deacon, 
charter member and trustee) 

15. January 30, 1966 - Mr. Jack A. Hughes 

16. February 10, 1968 - Mrs. Caltie Heafner Raines 

17. April 4, 1968 -Mr. Jake E. Street 

18. June 7, 1968 - Mr. Bobby Blanton (deacon) 

19. October 1, 1968 - Mr. Frank A. Greene 

(church custodian) 

20. October 1 3, 1 968 - Mr. Thomas Bryant Clary 

21 . February 1 0, 1 969 - Mr. Richard Calvin Shytle 



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PUTNAM MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH 

Teachers and Officers 

Church Year 1972 - 1973 



CHURCH CLERK, SECRETARY, TREASURER - Mrs. David Mellon 

ASSISTANT CLERK - Mrs. J. R. Webber 

ORGANIST -Mrs. D. P.Smith 

PIANISTS - Mrs. David Mellon (Sunday Morning) 
Mrs. Henry Braswell (Sunday Evening) 
Mrs. Claude Jones (Wednesday Evening) 

CUSTODIANS - Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lynn 



CHURCH COMMITTEES 



LORD'S SUPPER COMMITTEE GENERAL BOARD MEMBERS 



Irs. Wilson Biggerstaff, Chairman 
Irs. Fred Lynn 



Mrs. James Webber 
Mrs. Claude Jones 



2nd SUNDAY SINGING COMM BUILDING FUND PROMOTION C 



Mrs. Joe Bolin 
Mrs. Claude Jones 
Mr. Ed Passmore 
Miss Jenene Braswell 

PUBLICITY COMMITTEE 

Mrs. Gene Webber 
Miss Lynn Webber 
Miss Mary Peeler 

DEPOSIT COMMITTEE 
Mrs. Colon Hamrick 

HOSTESS COMMITTEE 

Mrs. Jack Lane, Chairman 
Mrs. Gene Webber 
Mrs. D. P. Smith 

FLOWER COMMITTEE 

Mrs. Fred Lynn (Church) 

Mrs. Wilson Biggerstaff (Church) 

Mrs. Ed Passmore (Deaths) 



Mr. Roscoe Patterson, Chairman 
Mr. Colon Hamrick 
Mrs. Z. V. Cline, Jr. 
Mrs. Gene Webber 
Mr. Maynard Ledford 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE 

Mr. Buren Peeler, Chairman 
Mrs. J. R. Webber 
Mr. Colon Hamrick 
Mr. Ed Passmore 
Mrs. Colon Hamrick 
Mis. Claude Jones 

BAPTISMAL COMMITTEE 

Mr. A. D. Holland 
Mr. D. P. Smith 
Mr. James Webber 

LITERATURE COMMITTEE 

Mr. Gene Webber, Chairman 
S. S. Age Division Directors 



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CHRISTMAS COMMITTEE 

Mrs. Claude Jones, Chairman 
Mrs. David Mellon 
Mr. Buren Peeler 
Miss Jenene Braswell 

BUILDING AND GROUNDS C 

Mr. Colon Hamrick, Chairman 
Mr. J. R. Webber 
Mr. Buren Peeler 
Mr. Gus Mclntyre 
Mr. Maynard Ledford 



NURSERY COORDINATOR 
Mrs. Joe Bolin 

AUDITING COMMITTEE 

Mr. J. R. Webber, Chairman 

1st and 2nd Sundays: 

Mr. J. R. Webber 
Mr. Gene Webber 

3rd and 4th Sundays: 

Mr. Maynard Ledford 
Mr. Jack Rich 



/OUTH FELLOWSHIP SPONS CHURCH USHERS 



!\UDIO -VISUAL COMMITTEE 

i/lr. Claude Jones, Chairman 
l/lr. A. D. Holland 



Mr. A. D. Holland, Chairman 
Mr. Jerry Smith (Assistant Chairman) 
Mr. Wayne Bryson (Assistant Chairman) 
Mr. Keith Anthony (Assistant Chairman) 
Mr. Keith Lane (Assistant Chairman) 
Mr. Tommy Earls (Assistant Chairman) 



Chairman of Deacons 
Irotherhood Director 
Minister of Music 
VMU Director 



CHURCH COUNCIL 

(Meets Every Quarter) 



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Church Training Director 
Sunday School Director 
Church Treasurer 
Publicity Chairman 



SUNDAY SCHOOL WORKERS 

SUNDAY SCHOOL DIRECTOR - Mr. Colon Hamrick 
ASSOCIATE SUNDAY SCHOOL DIRECTOR - Mr. Tommy Earls 
JUTREACH DIRECTOR - Mr. Maynard Ledford 
EXTENSION ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR - Mr. A. D. Holland 
SUNDAY SCHOOL 
SENERAL SECRETARIES - Mrs. Colon Hamrick 

Miss Debby Mclntyre 

Miss Wanda Webber 

Miss Janie Allen 

\DULT SUNDAY SCHOOL DIRECTOR 
Pianist - Mrs. David Mellon 
Chorister - Mr. Edgar Passmore 

Assistant Chorister - Mrs. Jack Lane 



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Mrs. Gus Mclntyre 



TEACHERS: 



Mrs. Claude Jones 
Mrs. Gus Mclntyre 
Mrs. A. D. Holland 
Mr. Edgar Passmore 
Mr. Gus Mclntyre 
Mrs. Fred Lynn 
Mr. Keith Anthony 
Mr. Henry Braswell 



ASSOCIATE TEACHER: 
9. Mr. Jerry Smith 



YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL DIRECTOR - Mrs. Maynard Ledford 

1. Mr. Tommy Earls (12-14 boys) 

2. Miss Jenene Braswell (12-14 girls) 

3. Mrs. Bill Strickland (15-17) 

ASSOCIATE TEACHERS: 

1. Mrs. Maynard Ledford 

2. Mr. Claude Jones 



CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL DIRECTOR - Mrs. J. R. Webber 

1. Mr. Roscoe Patterson & Mr. D. P. Smith (9-11 boys) 

2. Mrs. Joanne Rambeau (6-8 boys and girls) 

3. Mrs. Wayne Allen (6-8 boys and girls) 

4. Mrs. Roy Howard (9-11 girls) 

ASSOCIATE TEACHERS: 

1. Mrs. J. R. Webber 

2. Mr. Keith Lane 



PRESCHOOL SUNDAY SCHOOL DIRECTOR - Mrs. Charles Holland 

1. Mrs. Keith Anthony (No. 1) 

2. Mrs. Rosalind Webber (No. 1) 

3. Mrs. Jack Rich (No. 2) 

4. Mrs. Manning Honeycutt (No. 2) 

5. Mrs. Tommy Earls (No. 3) 

6. Mrs. Charles Holland (No. 4) 

7. Miss Wanda Patterson (No. 4) 

ASSOCIATE TEACHER: 

8. Mrs. Joe Bolin 

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TRAINING UNION WORKERS 

DIRECTOR - Mr. Edgar Passmore 
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Mr. Buren Peeler 
SECRETARY - Miss Mary Peeler 

ADULT DIRECTORS 

1. Mrs. Claude Jones 

2. Mrs. J. R. Webber 

CHILDREN'S DIRECTORS (6 - 11) 

1. Mrs. Colon Hamrick 

2. Mrs. Jack Lane 

PRE - SCHOOL DIRECTORS 

1. Mrs. D. P. Smith 

2. Mrs. David Mellon 



W. M. U. 

DIRECTOR - Mrs. James Webber 

BAPTIST WOMEN PROGRAM CHAIRMAN • Mrs. Fred Lynn 

BAPTIST WOMEN MISSIONS 

STUDY CHAIRMAN - Mrs. Claude Jones 

GIRLS IN ACTION LEADER - Mrs. Wayne Allen 

ACTEEN LEADER - 

WORLD'S FRIENDS LEADERS - Mrs. Rosalind Webber 

SECRETARY/TREASURER - Mrs. Joe Bolin 



BAPTIST MEN 

ir DIRECTOR - Mr. Edgar Passmore 
SECRETARY - David Carroll 
CRUSADER LEADER - Mr. Keith Anthony 
PIONEER LEADER - Mr. Roscoe Patterson 
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - Mr. Jimmy Webber 
MISSION ACTION LEADER - Mr. A. D. Holland 
MISSION STUDY LEADER - 



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